While Chelsea sign Pedro and City sign Otamendi, here’s who Arsenal could sign this summer

first_img 5 Arsenal’s summer spending has stalled since they completed the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea at the start of July. The Gunners have struggled to make inroads in their attempts to sign a striker, while their title rivals have all splashed the cash in recent weeks and the club’s fans are desperate for at least one more big name before the transfer window slams shut. Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards this summer, while a move for a defensive midfielder has also been mooted. talkSPORT takes a look at the players who may join the north Londoners before the window closes on September 1.Who do you think Arsene Wenger should try to sign before the transfer window closes? Share your thoughts… 5 1. Karim Benzema: Will Arsene Wenger finally seal a deal for the Real Madrid hitman? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – The French international has been linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer but new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is keen to keep hold of the frontman. The Gunners have apparently tabled a £48m bid for the 27-year-old but the Independent are today reporting that Benzema will remain in Spain this summer. 5. Robert Lewandowski: Arsenal fans will be drooling if the club can land the Bayern Munich star – According to the Mail, Arsenal have explored the possibility of making a £50m bid for the Pole, although it is understood Bayern immediately rebuffed an approach from the Gunners. 2. Edinson Cavani: Would Cavani be a popular choice with Gunners fans? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – The Uruguayan striker is understood to be unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain after he reportedly fell out with manager Laurent Blanc last season. Arsenal could make a late swoop for the 28-year-old if their chase for Karim Benzema falls through. 5 5 5 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Could Arsenal take a risk on the controversial Swede? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – According to Daily Mail, Ibrahimovic has been told he can leave PSG this summer and Arsenal could bring the striker to the Premier League for the first time. 4. Grzegorz Krychowiak: After missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, could the Sevilla man provide competition for current defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin? Click the arrow above to see other big names Arsenal could sign – Arsenal made a £22m bid for Krychowiak earlier this month, according to the Telegraph. However, their plans to land the Polish midfielder have been scuppered after he suffered a rib injury in the Super Cup clash with Barcelona. Arsene Wenger is still monitoring Krychowiak’s situation and could return with an improved offer if he recovers before September 1. last_img read more

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for season

first_imgNewcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, the club have confirmed.Assessments have revealed the 27-year-old ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Holland’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Kazakhstan on Saturday.A club statement added that Krul will now return to Tyneside for further treatment and rehabilitation.The news is a serious blow for Magpies manager Steve McClaren, who is already without second-choice keeper Karl Darlow due to a foot injury.The statement added: “Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.”Krul suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly on the artificial surface and was forced off after 81 minutes of Holland’s 2-1 win at the Astana Arena. Krul produced 14 saves in one month in some heroic performances for Newcastle 1last_img read more

Shock report! Man United want Leicester star in January to boost attack

first_img Riyad Mahrez [left] 1 Manchester United are weighing up a move for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, according to reports in France.The winger has been in stunning form this season and already has seven Premier League goals to his name.Those goals have helped Leicester to third in the table and sparked rumours of a big-money move for the Algeria international.Manchester United, according to France Football, are the latest club to show an interest in Mahrez and they may make a move for him this January.Louis van Gaal’s side have struggled for goals in recent weeks and it is thought that attacking reinforcements will be a priority during the January window.Leicester, though, have no plans to sell Mahrez and manager Claudio Ranieri has continually expressed his desire to keep the 24-year-old.last_img read more

Insider trading: Gareth Bale in, Marouane Fellaini out at Manchester United, Arsenal enquiry for Watford star and more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Warren brings us the latest on Gareth Bale’s future following news the Welshman was unhappy with the departure of Rafa Benitez and the likelihood of him moving to Manchester United as a consequence.Also on the agenda is the surprising story linking Troy Deeney with Arsenal. Warren reveals Arsenal made an enquiry about the striker but that they are not the only ones interested in his services.QPR’s Charlie Austin is out of contract in the summer but will Crystal Palace make a move for the striker during the January window?There is also the latest on the future of Marouane Fellaini after Manchester United rejected AC Milan’s attempts to take the Belgian on loan.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Everton latest: Kevin Mirallas NOT for sale during January transfer window, insist Roberto Martinez Tottenham target Charlton’s Ademola Lookman after agreeing deal for Ebbsfleet youngster Southampton determined to keep Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama in JanuaryFenerbahce want to sign Lazar Markovic from Liverpool on permanent basis Watford transfer news: Hornets fail with ambitious £7m move for Atletico Madrid midfielder ThomasDefensive target Benjamin Mendy set to snub Manchester United to sign new Marseille contract Chelsea blow! Blues target Marco Verratti has agreed new Paris Saint-Germain deal, claims agent Argentina forward Lucas Ocampos tracked by Chelsea and Liverpool set to leave Marseille in Januarylast_img read more

A little help for a determined little girl

first_imgShe’s a natural-born fighter. Tough as nails. When she was born a little over a year ago, doctors told Aaliyah’s parents the baby wouldn’t make it through the night. But she did. A few weeks later, when she was baptized and taken off life support, doctors didn’t expect her to continue breathing on her own for more than a couple of hours. But she did. And when she went home from the hospital a month later, doctors thought she wouldn’t make it more than just a few weeks with 24-hour hospice care. But she did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEight months later, hospice workers told Ovy and Claudia Alvarez that they were leaving because it didn’t look like their daughter needed their services anymore. Aaliyah – born with just 20 percent brain function, according to an MRI administered shortly after birth – had no intention of giving up without a heck of a fight. And the least Ovy, Claudia, their family and friends could do was get in the fight with her. That’s what they’re doing with the Aaliyah Harvest Festival this Saturday at the Spooky House Haunted Theme Park in Chatsworth. For every $10 ticket sold, $3 will fund experimental oxygen-chamber therapy treatments for Aaliyah. It will cost $10,000 for 40 treatments – none of it covered by medical insurance. Every doctor they’ve talked to says it’s a waste of money, Ovy said. But for the Alvarezes that’s a good sign – because every doctor since the first day of their daughter’s fragile life has been wrong about her. If this young couple believes in anything, it’s their little girl’s will to live. She’s giving them a message, Ovy said Monday while caring for his daughter in the family’s Northridge home while Claudia was working to pay the bills. “She’s telling us not to give up on her, and we’re not,” he said. “Every day with her is a gift.” To the people who know the story – people like Haydee Cuervo and her husband, Yuri – what is going on inside that Mayall Street home is nothing short of a miracle. “For the last year, every day was supposed to be the last day of Aaliyah’s life,” said Haydee, who organized the Halloween fundraiser. “Nobody expected her to live. The biggest fear is one night she will just forget to breathe and be gone. But as long as she keeps fighting, there’s hope.” Ovy and Claudia say they’ve met with the families of children with similar brain damage who underwent the experimental oxygen-chamber treatment. “The results have been good for many of them,” Ovy said. “One little girl is now 12 and is walking, talking and defying what was thought possible by her doctors.” He knows it’s a long shot. But, hey, long shots win sometimes, don’t they? It was only after hospice workers left because Aaliyah refused to die that anyone thought about getting some kind of therapy for her, said Ovy, who quit his job to give his daughter the constant care she requires. “We all have to be flexible. My wife and her mother watch Aaliyah the hours I’m trying to get a home business started to help pay the bills. “(Claudia) couldn’t bear to be home all the time. It was just too emotional, so she found a job with a local mortgage company.” Their family income took a big hit the day Aaliyah was born, but they wouldn’t trade this gift they’ve been given for all the money in the world, he says. “It’s been incredible how many people have come forward to help with this fundraiser for Aaliyah,” he said. “I thought maybe a few friends and family members would be involved, but everywhere we go in the community people tell us they want to help. “You just don’t know until something like this happens what it means,” he said. It means people who know the story of your little girl’s fight with life want to be in her corner, too, Ovy. Betting on her to win. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former workers are acquitted in boot-camp death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The defendants testified that they followed the rules at a get-tough facility where young offenders often feigned illness to avoid exercise. Their attorneys said Anderson died not from rough treatment, but from a previously undiagnosed blood disorder. The boy’s mother, Gina Jones, stormed out of the courtroom. “I cannot see my son no more. Everybody see their family members. It’s wrong,” she screamed. “You kill a dog, you go to jail,” said her lawyer, Benjamin Crump. “You kill a little black boy and nothing happens.” He spoke outside court, which is across the street from the now-closed Bay County boot camp. The guards, who are white, black and Asian, stood quietly as the judge read the verdicts. The all-white jury was escorted away from the courthouse and did not comment. By midafternoon, about 150 people – many from nearby Florida A&M University – were protesting the acquittals outside the state Capitol. They chanted, “No justice. No peace!” PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Eight former boot-camp workers were acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was videotaped being punched and kicked. The scene sparked outrage and changes in the juvenile system, but it took jurors just 90 minutes to decide it was not a crime. Anger over the verdict was obvious outside the courtroom, where bystanders screamed “murderer” at former guard Henry Dickens as he described his relief at the verdict. Martin Lee Anderson died a day after being hit and kicked by Dickens and six other guards as a nurse watched, a 30-minute confrontation that drew protests in the state capital and spelled the end of Florida’s system of juvenile boot camps. “I am truly, truly sorry this happened. Myself, I love kids,” said Dickens, 60. He added that Anderson “wasn’t beaten. Those techniques were taught to us and used for a purpose.” Several black legislators also expressed outrage. Officials from the Department of Justice in Washington and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced they were reviewing the state’s prosecution. Defense attorneys, however, said they considered a federal civil-rights case to be unlikely.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Freudian slip?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But we tease. Obviously, Weiss knows the Valley is part of L.A. – he has an office here, and he’s been known to come around once in a great while. Yet perhaps unwittingly, he has demonstrated an attitude that’s all too familiar in City Hall, one that’s only concerned with the part of L.A. that runs from the Westside to downtown. A slip of the tongue, to be sure – but a revealing one. IN discussing the city’s plan to create a reversible lane through the Mulholland Tunnel on Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss made this telling remark: “When you’re leaving the city and going to the Valley during rush hour, it makes no sense to require drivers to go from two lanes to one lane” (emphasis added). Um, someone might want to inform the councilman that the Valley is part of “the city” of Los Angeles. Of course, he really should know that already. For six years, Weiss has represented a district that includes parts of the Valley – Encino, Sherman Oaks and Valley Village, in particular. He might want to look those places up on a map. They’re even in the Los Angeles Thomas Guide. You’d also think Weiss – who desperately wants to be city attorney – would have figured out that the Valley was part of L.A. back in 2002, when he publicly opposed the Valley’s failed effort at independence. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

OWNER OF LANDMARK LETTERKENNY HOTEL SPEAKS ABOUT ITS SAD CLOSURE

first_imgTHE OWNER of one of Donegal’s best-loved hotels has opened his heart after he was forced to shut the premises.Paul Kelly, the owner of Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.“Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open. “I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny has been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles.The 25 bedroom  hotel and restaurant was located at the Port Roundabout at the entrance to the town.President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce Patrick McGinley said it was a sad day when another business had gone tot he wall in the Cathedral Town. “I am very sad to hear the news because the Kelly family ran a fine hotel and were very well- respected as hard working and decent people.“But it goes to show that businesses, especially many in the service industry including hotels, restaurants and bars, are finding things very difficult at the moment,” he said.The closure of the budget hotel comes hot on the heels of another closure in the town – the Bastille Bistro on the town’s High Road which closed last week with the loss of 15 jobs.EndsOWNER OF LANDMARK LETTERKENNY HOTEL SPEAKS ABOUT ITS SAD CLOSURE was last modified: December 30th, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COMMUNITY RADIO STATION WILL BE ‘STRONGER AND BETTER’

first_imgINISHOWEN Community Radio will emerge stronger and better, its new boss has said.In a statement the new chairman of the board at the excellent community station, Gerard Moyne, also said the decision to leave journalists standing outside an emergency meeting last week was “a mistake.”The statement went on: “Prior to the meeting the board of directors decided to hold it in private which led to local media being prevented from entering. “The newly elected board now understands that this decision was incorrect and media outlets should have been granted entry.“Looking back on it now, members of the media should have been granted access to the meeting as ICRfm is a publically funded organisation. Currently, the station is in a period of great change as the new board sets about addressing the serious issues that have come to light in recent months.“ICR is a community station and the wider Inishowen community should be made fully aware of how the station conducts its business as the station is there to serve the local public. It is for this reason that local newspapers should have been able to report from inside the EGM.“Over the years ICRfm has built up a tremendously beneficial relationship with local newspapers which has helped to raise the profile of the station amongst the public as well as improving the output and coverage of local news and events. “The new board is very keen to continue this into the future and would like to think it could be further developed.“The new board has been in dialogue with all stakeholders involved with the station since the EGM and will continue with this process in the coming weeks in order to resolve all outstanding challenges which the station faces.“There is a strong will for the station to overcome its current difficulties which is extremely heartening to see. The problems won’t be addressed overnight but I am confident the station will emerge stronger and better as a result of this dialogue.”COMMUNITY RADIO STATION WILL BE ‘STRONGER AND BETTER’ was last modified: September 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ICR FMlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show – featuring Liverpool v Newcastle

first_imgThis week, Tom Rennie is joined by the former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson to talk about the exciting ending to the Reds season and the emotional return of Rafa Benitez to Anfield on Saturday with Newcastle United.Elsewhere, Steve Lomas discusses Manchester City’s ambitions for this season domestically… as well as looking ahead to their forthcoming Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid.And, two-time FA Cup finalist Matthew Etherington looks ahead to this weekend’s semis at Wembley, as Manchester United take on Everton and Watford take on Crystal Palace.last_img read more