Fenerbahce holding out for £9m for West Ham and Sunderland target

first_imgDynamo Moscow have had a £5.6m bid for West Ham and Sunderland target Moussa Sow rejected.According to reports in Turkey, the Russian club tested Fenerbahce’s resolve to hold on to the striker with a cut-price bid.But Fenerbahce are holding firm on their insistence that Sow will not be sold for anything less than his £9.1m release clause and rejected Dinamo’s offer.West Ham and Sunderland are both working hard to add a new striker to their squad before the transfer window shuts and have been heavily linked with the prolific Senegalese.Sow has hit 52 goals in 107 outings since arriving from Lille in January 2012 but is currently in the final year of his contract.However, his Turkish employers insist they will not let him leave on the cheap this summer. Moussa Sow 1last_img read more

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All 20 Premier League clubs ranked by height – smallest to tallest revealed!

first_img 20 20 Joint 7. Manchester United – Average height = 182.8cm 20 Joint 7. Sunderland – Average height = 182.8cm Joint 17. Norwich City – Average height = 181.4cm Joint 14. Liverpool – Average height = 181.8cm 9. West Ham United – Average height = 182.7cm 20 20 20 Joint 12. Leicester City – Average height = 182cm 20 Joint 12. Newcastle United – Average height = 182cm 20 2. Chelsea – Average height = 184.4cm 11. Swansea City – Average height = 182.2cm 20 Joint 5. Southampton – Average height = 183.3cm 20 Joint 17. Arsenal – Average height = 181.4cm 20 20 20 20 20 20 1. Stoke City – Average height = 184.8cm 20. Everton are the smallest team in the Premier League, with an average height in the Toffees’ squad of 180.5cm – Joint 14. Tottenham Hotspur – Average height = 181.8cm 19. Manchester City – Average height = 180.6cm 4. Watford – Average height = 183.7cm 20 20 16. Bournemouth – Average height = 181.6cm 20 20 Joint 5. West Brom – Average height = 183.3cm 3. Crystal Palace – Average height = 184.1cm Size doesn’t matter, we’re all told, and here at talkSPORT we think we’ve found the definitive proof.With a little help from the CIES Football Observatory we’ve taken a look at the average height of all 20 Premier League sides and ranked them from smallest to tallest.You might think having a number of goliath defenders in your backline would help keep the goals out, while impish attacking stars can weave their way through any backline. But it turns out it doesn’t seem to make a difference at all.To find out which Premier League side is the tallest, click the right arrow above… 10. Aston Villa – Average height = 182.5cm last_img read more

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Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper says Jurgen Klopp wants to replace Simon Mignolet

first_imgFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar says he has been asked to stop publically criticising Simon Mignolet by the Reds but claims Jurgen Klopp is looking to replace the Belgian stopper.Mignolet has not been the commanding presence Liverpool would have hoped when they signed him from Sunderland in 2013 and was dropped after a series of match-costing blunders in his debut season.Grobbelaar, who is currently coaching in Newfoundland, Canada, has been outspoken in his condemnation of the Reds no.1 and says Mignolet is far from the complete package.“I’ve had my criticism of him for two or three years, I even got pulled in and asked not to criticise him so openly,” admitted Grobbelaar.“I’ve said that he is a goalkeeper who is a great shotstopper, but he is not the overall package. The overall package is good with your feet and coming out and commanding your area.“I’ve got a goalkeeper in Canada, a 24-year-old, who does this better than Mignolet does and is just as good of a shotstopper. He is more of a package than Mignolet is.”When asked whether he believed Mignolet would remain at Liverpool for the long-term, Grobbelaar said Klopp is already scouting the Bundesliga for a replacement.He added: “I think he is looking at it [buying a replacement for Mignolet]. There are a couple of goalkeepers in the German league that he is looking at so I can see that might be one of his first signings.”last_img read more

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10 footballers who look like food, including Ibrahimovic, Ozil and Suarez!

first_img 11 2. Marco Reus looks like this corn on the cob 7. Vincent Kompany looks like an upside-down pear 11 9. Didier Drogba looks like this carrot Have you ever found yourself reading through a complex, intelligently written, 2000-word sports feature on the comparisons between Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side and Barcelona’s treble winning giants from last season only to pause halfway through and ask yourself: ‘Why has no-one ever written an article about footballers who look like food?’No, us neither, and yet here we are!From the eggs that look like Mesut Ozil’s eyes, to the corn on the cob that is the spitting image of Marco Reus’ hair, this gallery of ten pictures (plus one bonus) gives you the lowdown on all of today’s modern day footballers and their uncanny resemblances to foodstuffs.Click the right arrow on the picture above to scroll through our slideshow of 10 footballers who look like food… 8. Andres Iniesta looks like this happy potato 4, Martin Skrtel looks like an egg 11 11 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks like this aubergine 5. Joey Barton looks like this butternut squash 11 11 11 11 3. Mesut Ozil looks like these cracked eggs 11 11 1. Luis Suarez looks like this red pepper 6. Manchester City’s Fernando Reges looks like the face in this piece of toast 11 Bonus: Diego Costa looks like this magnolia fruitlast_img read more

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Paul Clement sacked as Derby County manager

first_imgDerby County have parted company with manager Paul Clement after only eight months in charge, the club has announced.The former Real Madrid and Chelsea coach took over at Pride Park in June last year but was relieved of his duties after going seven league games without a league win – a run that stretches back to Boxing Day 2015 – and sit fifth in the Championship.Chairman Mel Morris said: “We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change.“When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace.“It was clear in this plan, which was briefed to supporters, players, sponsors and all our stakeholders last summer that promotion this season was not the primary target. The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance.“Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.“I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond.”Former Derby defender Darren Wassall will take over the side until the end of the season. 1 Paul Clement last_img read more

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NHL NOTEBOOK Kelly elected to lead the union

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Berard sidelined New York Islanders defenseman Bryan Berard will be sidelined two to four weeks because of a groin injury that forced him out of New York’s victory against New Jersey last weekend. From news services Paul Kelly will be introduced as the new executive director of the NHL Players’ Association today, the union said Tuesday night. Kelly was nominated for the job during a conference call with the 30 player representatives last week, but wasn’t confirmed for the position until he received a majority vote from the reps in a secret ballot vote. The Boston lawyer replaces Ted Saskin, who was fired as executive director last May amid allegations he ordered the spying of NHLPA player e-mail in the midst of a membership uprising against his leadership. 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

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Victim’s call relayed I-5 tragedy to loved ones
first_imgThose who died were so charred that coroner’s officials said they will need dental records to positively identify them. On Monday, Cibrian’s wife, Victorina, headed to Tijuana to recover her husband’s records. “It is really sad that he’s gone and that he’s not going to be here,” Campos said. “But we have him in our hearts.” Trucker Hugo Rodriguez and his 6-year-old son, Isaiah, are the other two believed to have died. They, reportedly, were from Fresno. “Isaiah was known as a little angel. He was always worried about his dad,” Jessie Bravo, Rodriguez’s cousin, told KABC, Channel 7. “I believe that’s why he went.” Truckers have long bemoaned the winding tunnel where the chain-reaction crash set off a booming series of explosions, melted concrete and sent flames more than 100 feet in the air. “It’s a blind curve, and when you are going into it, you can’t see the end of it,” said Wayne Waterman, director of safety at Los Angeles-based Dart International Inc., where Cibrian worked for seven years. “You don’t have enough stopping distance.” Investigators have not determined the cause of the deadly accident inside the 550-foot tunnel that routes trucks underneath the interstate on the downgrade at Newhall Pass. But for the stricken families, the answers are little consolation. Cibrian, 39, who had always dreamed of being a truck driver, worked his way up at Dart from driving a company rig to owning his own 18-wheeler. He was so proud that he often took his 12-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son on day trips. “He was a really sweet, funny guy,” said Campos, 21, whose family often spent birthdays and holidays with them. “He was never angry.” Cibrian was the family’s breadwinner and was generous with his money. He and his wife sponsored Campos’ quincea era, or 15th birthday, an elaborate coming-of-age party celebrated in Latino cultures. And he reveled in his family life, spending his weekends with his kids in their modest, one-bedroom apartment, dancing to Mexican ranchera music and joking. “He was like my second father,” Campos said. “He would give me advice. `Family comes first and (parents) are what holds the family together.’ I would listen to him because he was just the best guy you could know.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Cibrian had been heading home to his wife and two children in Koreatown when he called his friend from the curved, rain-slicked road about 10:40 p.m. Behind the wheel of his tractor-trailer, while watching the chaos inside the Interstate 5 truck tunnel unfold, he told his friend he was confident he’d get out. Then, he sat helpless as other semis slammed into the back of his truck. There was nowhere to go. “His friend said to break the glass window and get out. He couldn’t. Then (his friend) heard the explosion,” said Espree Campos, a close family friend who lives in Cibrian’s apartment complex and baby-sits his children. While unconfirmed, Cibrian is presumed to be one of three people who died in the 31-truck wreck Friday night that left 10 injured. And nine people who apparently escaped had yet to call the California Highway Patrol on Monday to say they were OK. CRASH: Truck driver, thought to be one of the three who died, could not escape his rig’s cabin. By Rachel Uranga STAFF WRITER Trapped in a tunnel behind a truck engulfed in flames, Ricardo Cibrian sounded eerily calm as he phoned his best friend moments before his big rig exploded. last_img
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SHOPS FACING A WHITEWASH BECAUSE OF SNOW – TRADE DOWN 50%

first_imgSHOPS across Donegal have reported their Christmas takings are already down more than 50% compared to last year.Restaurants, pubs, shops and supermarkets were doing very little trade yesterday (SAT) as treacherous roads prevented people from coming into the main towns.McElhinney’s Department Store in Ballybofey was ‘slow’ when donegaldaily.com visited yesterday and similar reports came from Donegal Town. None was that more evident than in Donegal’s biggest shopping hub Letterkenny where the Main Street and outlying retail parks were distinctly lacking in any sign of Christmas cheer.Local businessman Gerard McCormick from Magees Chemists blamed the Government and the NRA for failing to provide enough salt to Donegal.“We have been let down and we have all lost out as a result. This cannot be allowed to happen ever again,” he said.Over at the Link Retail Park, many shops including TK Maxx, Next, Marks and Spencer and Argos were half empty with no queues at tills. The only thing an Argos spokesman said it had sold out of was children’s plastic sleds for the snow.But with many businesses pinning their hopes on yesterday and today as being two of the busiest of the year, the feeling was one of doom and gloom at the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.Only last month CEO of the chamber, Toni Forrester, had said she was pleased that the Euro had got weaker against the Pound and that many people were now seeing the value of shopping in Donegal.But yesterday she said she was outraged that the National Roads Authority and the Government had let businesses down by not supplying enough salt to keep the county’s roads clear.““It’s not like they didn’t know this snow was coming – they were told about it weeks ago. “Many roads are like bottles and people are simply not able to come out and shop. It’s a disgrace and the Government and the NRA should hang their heads in shame.“Many businesses were hanging on by the tips of their fingers and this will put them over the edge. The Government forgets that for very €1,000 a shop makes, more than €200 goes back to them in VAT.“Christmas has been a disaster so far and we can’t see it getting better unless the Government does something about getting the roads back in order,” she fumed.In West Donegal roads were left treacherous after the council had been forced to spare their salt leaving many people who had planned to do their Christmas shopping unable to get into towns like Dungloe and Ardara. Some did try to drum up a little business including the Ramada hotel in Letterkenny who were offering ‘Snow Specials’ of just €25 per night.EndsSHOPS FACING A WHITEWASH BECAUSE OF SNOW – TRADE DOWN 50% was last modified: December 18th, 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

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Jamie Vardy reveals what he’s been talking to Tottenham’s players about

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed that he has been talking to a selection of Tottenham’s players whilst on international duty with England.The Foxes star is currently away with the Three Lions, taking a break from leading the line for the Premier League leaders.After 31 games, Leicester currently sit top of the table, having picked up 66 points.Closest rivals Tottenham are on 61 points from the same number of games, and it is expected that it will be these two clubs fighting it out for the title come the end of the campaign.Vardy is joined in the England squad by a host of the Spurs squad, and given their rivalry at club level, it would not be a surprise to see some back-and-forth between the Tottenham and Leicester contingent.However, Vardy has revealed that, whilst the players have talked, they have avoided any discussion about club football and the title race.The Premier League record setting striker said: “We have had a chat but not about anything football-wise. We have been talking about England and Call of Duty.“We have not all played on it together yet, but I got informed earlier that one of the lads just camps in a corner and waits for someone to run past him so he can get him.”England take on Germany this weekend and the Netherlands on Tuesday, as Roy Hodgson continues preparations for the European Championships in France this summer. 1 Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy last_img read more

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Mayor eyes AQMD

first_imgTonia Reyes Uranga, a Long Beach councilwoman and the current representative for the eastern region, will take over the western region, leaving her position open. Officials say restructuring the board was necessary to give smaller cities a stronger voice. “It’s been a long-term problem, like the 800-hundred pound gorilla,” said Alfonso Sanchez, a legislative consultant for state Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, who authored the bill. Because of the population size of the city of Los Angeles, the western region’s representative nearly always has been a Los Angeles City Council member, Sanchez said. “This allows for better representation, giving cities an opportunity to serve on the AQMD and not always having to rely on Los Angeles to represent these smaller cities’ interests and concerns,” McLeod said. Lujan said the realignment will allow the San Gabriel Valley to be represented more cohesively. Of the 35 cities in the eastern region, only four – Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita – are not in the San Gabriel Valley, he said. Officials with the California League of Cities, which is handling the election process, did not return calls for comment Thursday. It is unknown how many other candidates are vying for the open position. Lujan said he expected the competition to be tough, but said his track record in City Hall and his interest in environmental issues make him a good candidate. “My mother has severe asthma,” Lujan said, “so I recall a lifetime of seeing my mother in and out of hospital. I know firsthand how air quality can affect someone’s health.” Lujan said he did not feel there were any problems with the current board, but said he wants to see more equality when hearing out environmental issues. “Industry has its concerns … and then the environmental groups have their concerns,” Lujan said. “Both have different viewpoints on air-quality issues, but my real strong belief is they are not mutually exclusive.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – Nearly a month after taking over the city’s top position, the mayor wants another job: board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Louie Lujan is seeking letters of support for the position, which will be vacant next month. That’s when new legislation increasing the number of board members and realigning districts goes into effect. If elected to serve on the AQMD board, Lujan can continue as mayor. “I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues,” Lujan said, “specifically air quality issues in the San Gabriel Valley.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonUnder previous legislation, the South Coast Air Quality Management District – which governs four major Southern California counties – split up Los Angeles County into two separate regions, AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said. Each region – an eastern and a western region – has its own representative. But the city of Los Angeles, historically lumped with the western region, will be designated as a separate region when Senate Bill 886 goes into effect Jan. 1, Atwood said. As a result, the city of Los Angeles will have its own representative – which will increase the total number of district board members from 12 to 13, according to the bill. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry will represent the city of Los Angeles. last_img read more

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