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Arsenal waiting on Walcott fitness
December 19, 2014 (12:15) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Arsenal could have Theo Walcott available to play Liverpool on Sunday with the England international in contention for a place in the squad that travels to Merseyside, ESPN has reported.Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed Walcott is back in training but admitted it was still early days for the forward, who has played only twice for his club this season after a long-term knee injury. Walcott was injured in January and missed the entire second half of last season, the World Cup and the start of the current campaign.Weng More...
Liverpool perfect for Sterling, says Gerrard
December 19, 2014 (12:00) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has advised Raheem Sterling to remain at the club, telling the youngster there is no better place for him to be, according to ESPN.Sterlings representatives and the Reds are understood to be at an impasse over talks regarding a new contract amid speculation European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are keeping an eye on the status of the 20-year-old. His current deal expires in two-and-a-half years and new terms of 70,000 per week were reportedly rejected.Gerrard has co More...
Roma Champions League exit boosts Man Utds Strootman pursuit
December 19, 2014 (11:20) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Manchester Uniteds hopes of signing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman have been boosted by the Serie A clubs exit from the Champions League, ESPN has reported.Roma missed out to Bayern Munich and Manchester City, finishing third in Group E after they lost at home to City in the final round of group games, dropping into the Europa League as a result. United are said to feel they could convince Roma to sell the injury-hit Strootman in January now they wont be in the Champions League after Christmas. Strootman suffe More...
Howard: Long way back at Liverpool for Mignolet
December 19, 2014 (11:10) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has questioned the stance of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers over Simon Mignolet, suggesting the Belgian may never get his place back at the club, ESPN has reported.Mignolet was criticised for his mistakes earlier in the season but Rodgers stood by him until the Reds visited Manchester United last weekend, at which point Brad Jones got the nod instead.Howard offered his Merseyside rival his sympathies and revealed he didnt see the logic in taking a goalkeeper out of the team if the More...
Aston Villa boss Lambert plays down Keane-Cleverley row
December 19, 2014 (10:55) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has downplayed reports of a row between his former assistant Roy Keane and on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to ESPN.It was claimed in the Press that Keane accused Cleverley of leaking stories to the media and went to the players house in an effort to confront him over the issue. Lambert admitted that Keane did visit Cleverley but rejected claims that he rang the doorbell for 15 minutes.I spoke to Tom this morning really briefly and he assures me tha More...
West Hams Sam Allardyce says Leicester City fans should show more loyalty to manager Nigel Pearson
December 18, 2014 (16:25) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
With Leicester City supporters slowly starting to turn on manager Nigel Pearson following a poor start to the season, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels some realism and loyalty is needed, reports ITV Football.Pearson was lauded after getting Leicester City back into the Premier League in the summer after a 10-year absence, but due to their struggles in the top-flight, supporters have started to lose patience, with the Foxes currently bottom of the league and winless in 11 games.With West Ham manager Sam Allardy More...
Evertons Kevin Mirallas could return to play in the Christmas fixtures
December 18, 2014 (15:55) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said injured winger Kevin Mirallas could return for the Toffees in time for the Christmas period, reports Sky Sports.The Belgian international, 27, has been in good form for Everton this season, scoring four goals in nine league starts. Hes been a regular in the side all through the campaign, and since signing from Olympiacos in 2012, so the club were worried when they found at the extent of his ankle injury.We were very worried, but the damage is the least it could be - it's More...
Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh out of action until the New Year
December 18, 2014 (15:50) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock recently revealed striker Marouane Chamakh will be out for a few weeks at least with hamstring injury, reports Sky Sports.The former Arsenal frontman picked up the injury against Stoke City last weekend, and is now likely to be out of action for the rest of the year. Its come at a bad time for Warnock, who recently admitted his side desperately need a prolific goalscorer.Chamakh, 30, has scored just one goal in 13 games this season, but has been a regular due to his creativit More...
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has played down any exit talk
December 18, 2014 (15:35) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Despite rumour suggesting otherwise, West Ham manager Sam Allarydyce has dismissed claims that his position at the club is still under threat, reports Sky Sports.Currently fourth in the Premier League, West Ham are enjoying a fantastic start nearly mid-way through the season. Allardyce is delivering on his per--season objectives, but the 60-year-old is yet to sign a new contract.Its led to rumours arising suggesting that Allardyce will be replaced, but the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle coach isnt worrie More...
Tottenhams Jan Vertonghen tips Christian Eriksen to become one of the best in the Premier League
December 18, 2014 (15:20) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes midfielder Christian Eriksen could be one of the best Premier League players if he can continue his fine form of late, reports Sky Sports.The two players were together with Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax before making the move to Tottenham, and Eriksen in particular has stood out over the last few weeks of his second season at White Hart Lane, scoring three goals in his last six games. Following his recent upturn in form, Vertonghen believes Eriksen could go right to the top. More...
Arsenal unsure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains availability for this weekends clash against Liverpool
December 18, 2014 (14:35) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is doubtful for the Gunners Sunday meeting against Liverpool, with the England international recovering from a groin injury.We hope that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit. Thats what well see on Saturday after a test. Hes not in training at the moment," said manager Arsene Wenger. While normally a more advanced player, the former Saints man has been forced to play in a deeper role with so many players on the treatment table.The 21-year-old has b More...
Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward set to sign a new deal with the Eagles
December 18, 2014 (14:15) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
According to the Express, Crystal Palaces versatile fullback Joel Ward should be signing a new deal with the club before Christmas.Ward, 25, joined the club from Portsmouth in 2012 for around 500K, and has since been a mainstay when fit for the Eagles, making more than 80 appearances. Hes been linked with a move away from the club in the last 18 months as a result of his fine performances, but the London club are hopeful of tying him down to a new deal.The Englishmans contract runs until the summer of 2016, b More...
QPRs Adel Taarabt a loan target for Italian side Atalanta
December 18, 2014 (14:00) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
According to talkSPORT, Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt could be loaned out to the Serie A again, with Atalanta reported keen on his services.The Moroccan international, 25, has only played 25 minutes of Premier League football, with manager Harry Redknapp suggesting the midfielder wasnt fit to play for the London club. Taarabt was loaned out to Fulham and AC Milan last season, with the former Tottenham man deemed surplus to requirements at QPR.Atalanta are one side looking to procure Taarabt, but they More...
Evertons Steven Naismith signs a long-term deal with the club
December 18, 2014 (13:40) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
According to BBC Sport, Everton forward Steven Naismith has signed a long-term deal with the Toffees, keeping him at Goodison Park until 2019.The Scottish international, 28, joined Everton on a free transfer in 2012, and has since become a consistent performer in the first-team. This season, the talented and creative attacking-midfielder has scored five goals in 11 league starts, creating 16 chances, making him one of Evertons best bargain buys.I am so happy here. From the moment I signed my first contract here More...
Sunderlands Gus Poyet insists recruitment is not down to him
December 18, 2014 (13:30) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
After criticism from supporters and pundits about a lack of quality in the Sunderland squad, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has said the recruitment isnt down to him, reports BBC Sport.Sunderland are flirting with relegation this season, and have won only two games from 16. The North-East club have only lost one game from their last seven, however, but a lack of goals is leading to criticism of the transfer policy with a squad in need of attacking talent. Poyet has said that side is not down to him.I am a head coach. More...
Hazard to sign bumper new Chelsea deal
December 18, 2014 (11:40) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Eden Hazard is set to sign a new five-year contract with Premier League leaders Chelsea that would make the Belgium international the clubs highest-paid player, the Daily Telegraph has reported.Its believed Hazards new deal, which has been awaiting the playmakers signature for the last few months, will see him paid in the region of 200,000 a week. Hazard has routinely been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Telegraph notes, but the improved terms should end the speculation.Hazard has never intende More...
Newcastle considering emergency goalkeeper loan
December 18, 2014 (11:30) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he could ask the Premier League to allow the signing of an emergency goalkeeper after third-choice Jak Alnwick was injured in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, BBC Sport has reported.Alnwick has been deputising for No.2 Rob Elliot and first choice Tim Krul, who are both sidelined with long-term injuries, but he himself was hurt as the Magpies fell to a 4-0 League Cup reverse.Pardew only has 17-year-old Freddie Woodman to call on if Alnwick is ruled out and said after the More...
Ozil close to Arsenal return
December 18, 2014 (11:20) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Mesut Ozil has revealed he is getting near to returning to the Arsenal team after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, ESPN has reported.Ozil hasnt played for his club since the early October defeat against Chelsea, when the problem was discovered by the Germany medical team after Ozil joined up with his country for international duty. It was initially thought he had played his last game of 2014 but the former Real Madrid midfielder has hinted he could be back in the very near future.It won't be much too More...
Man Utds Di Maria honoured as best overseas player
December 18, 2014 (11:15) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has been named Argentinas best foreign-based player of 2014, ESPN has reported.Di Maria beat off competition from the likes of forward trio Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, of Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus respectively, to land the prize after helping Real Madrid to victory in the Champions League at the end of last season.The 26-year-old also won the Copa del Rey and European Super Cup before he left the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford, making More...
Pochettino pleased by fantastic Tottenham
December 18, 2014 (10:55) [ Indexed from A Different League ]
Mauricio Pochettino described Tottenham Hotspurs 4-0 win over Newcastle in the Carling Cup semi-final as fantastic, ESPN has reported.Goals from Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado sent Spurs into the semi-finals, where they have been paired with League One Sheffield United, conquerors of Premier League Southampton.Pochettino insisted Tottenham would take the lower-league opposition seriously and praised the performance in beating the Magpies. We need to have full respect for Sheffield More...

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