Scotland blow! Winger OUT of Euro 2016 crunch match against Poland

first_imgWatford winger Ikechi Anya has been ruled out of Scotland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at Hampden Park.There are several permutations which could leave the Scots in a play-off spot but defeat against the Poles on Thursday night would end their hopes before the Group D finale against Gibraltar in Faro on Sunday.However, 27-year-old speedster Anya will be unavailable to help the Scottish cause.Strachan, speaking at the national stadium, said: “Ikechi is not going to make it, he has a tight calf so he has gone back to get treatment at Watford.“James Morrison [suspended for Poland game] is going to struggle. He got an injury at the end of the game against Crystal Palace the other day.“Charlie Mulgrew [thigh] was never going to be fit. Charlie is only here because he wanted to be here and add to the squad and what we do behind the scenes and he has certainly done that.” Watford winger Ikechi Anya 1last_img read more

Marseille slap £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea target

first_img Michy Batshuayi 1 Marseille have slapped a £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea target Michy Batshuayi.The striker is one of the hottest prospects in European football and has been scouted by all of the continents’ top clubs.Arsenal and Chelsea are both keen on the 22-year-old, but they have now been told by Marseille president Vincent Labrune that they’ll have to cough up £35m.“There is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi,” Labrune told La Derniere Heure.“He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he did not want to leave.“He is proving himself on the pitch. And if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay up. Around €50m!”last_img read more

Manchester United manager latest: Van Gaal out, Fergie in?!

first_imgManchester United fans are calling for the head of manager Louis van Gaal – and they know who they want to replace him.The Dutchman looks destined for the sack following a 2-0 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day lunchtime, and there is widespread speculation Jose Mourinho will be the man to replace him.But it seems many of the Old Trafford faithful have a different view on who is the right man to rescue their season… Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal 1last_img

Man United plot £75m Real raid, Arsenal in shock move for Watford star – paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are ready to re-launch a £75million-plus bid to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The Premier League giants see Monday night’s brutal axing of Rafa Benitez as an encouraging sign in their battle to pull off a record-breaking deal for Bale. Although Benitez’s successor Zinedine Zidane has insisted publicly that the Welshman is not for sale, he was thriving under Benitez and is understood to be disappointed to see him go. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told Marouane Fellaini he is going nowhere this month. AC Milan are among a host of clubs who have inquired about a loan deal for the Belgium midfielder, 28. (The Sun)?Arsene Wenger is weighing up a shock bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. The Arsenal boss is a big fan of the powerhouse striker, who is on a fine run of goal-scoring form with six strikes in 11 appearances. (Daily Star)West Ham are willing to offload Andy Carroll this month. England striker Carroll has regained fitness and form over the festive period, scoring in his last two games. But the Hammers are open to selling their record signing – for £18m – with Newcastle and ­Sunderland ready to snap the 26-year-old up. (Daily Mirror)Sadio Mane is trying to force a move from Southampton after Chelsea and Bayern Munich joined Manchester United in the race to sign him. Mane, 23, has told Southampton he does not want to sign a new contract knowing that will force them into a £30m sale to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. (Daily Mirror)Diego Simeone has seen a cheeky move for Diego Costa knocked back by Chelsea. Atletico Madrid boss Simeone, who is Chelsea’s No.1 target to be their next manager, enquired about Costa’s availability after his unhappy season at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City have been told Schalke’s Leroy Sane will cost them at least £40million. City have watched the 19-year-old midfielder — although sources at the Etihad insist no bid is imminent. It is unlikely they will want to get involved with his club looking for such a huge transfer fee. (The Sun)?Claudio Ranieri has made a £2m move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong – and is offering a £1m bonus if Leicester reach the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are preparing to offer Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford a Premier League lifeline. Bamford, 22, ended a loan stint with Crystal Palace last week after only managing six goalless substitute appearances in the top-flight. But Eddie Howe has made him his number one attacking target during the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)Alan Pardew is poised to offer Jonjo Shelvey an escape route out of Swansea City by bidding to take him to Crystal Palace this month. But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants around £10million for Shelvey, even though he was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Marko Grujic arrives on Merseyside to become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool bossLiverpool transfer report: Former Dortmund star snubs reunion with Jurgen Klopp to make Stuttgart switchLiverpool and Tottenham on alert as Ezequiel Lavezzi set to leave PSG on a free transferArsenal transfer report: Borussia Dortmund refuses to rule out Aubameyang saleEx-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave Barcelona? Lazio plot moveManchester City readying £40m bid for 19-year-old Schalke star Leroy Sane – reportsManchester City and Juventus in battle to sign Real Madrid ace Isco in JanuaryPSG star Marquinhos reveals he could leave at end of the season – Chelsea and Man United on alertAC Milan have Marouane Fellaini loan approach blocked by Manchester United – reportslast_img read more

Chelsea team news: Line up for Premier League clash at Watford

first_img 11 11 11 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 8. Oscar (attacking-midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 10. Eden Hazard (winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 26. John Terry (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (defensive-midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above Despite dropping back into 14th position yesterday, Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea can rise three places to 11th in the table with victory over Watford tonight.The opposition will be no walkover, though.The Hornets can take heart from their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge little over a month ago and, despite not being on the best of form since, will be going all out to claim what is still considered a major Premier League scalp in front of their home support at Vicarage Road.A late fitness test for Willian is the Blues’ only fresh injury doubt ahead of the match as the Brazilian winger picked up a small foot injury at MK Dons on Saturday.So will Willian start or won’t he? Take a look at our predicted Chelsea line up v Watford by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 17. Pedro Rodriguez (winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 4. Cesc Fabregas (defensive-midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 19. Diego Costa (striker) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left-back)last_img read more

Terrible attendance at Parkhead but Celtic go into cup semi draw with Rangers

first_img1 Leigh Griffiths scores at a poorly attended Parkhead Celtic eased into the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Morton and eased the pressure a little on manager Ronny Deila.The future of Celtic’s Norwegian boss has been the subject of much speculation, and intensified after a goalless draw against Dundee in midweek led to the reigning champions’ Premiership lead being cut to four points.This may explain why Parkhead was only a quarter full for the visit of Morton, butthose present witnessed first half goals from Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Callum McGregor that killed off any chance of a shock.Celtic had lost 1-0 after extra-time to the same opposition in the League Cup two-and-a-half years ago, but on this occasion the Hoops cruised through to the last four of a tournament they have won a record 36 times.Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen, McGregor and Mackay-Steven all returned to Celtic’s starting line-up, while Charlie Mulgrew moved back to centre-back to replace the injured Dedryck Boyata.The Hoops last won the cup in 2013, and go into Sunday afternoon’s semi-final draw along with Rangers, Dundee United and Hibs and Inverness.last_img read more

United effort launches NoHo cleanup project

first_imgAfter years of failed attempts, North Hollywood business owners opened the doors of a Business Improvement District office Monday, marking the official launch of a community-based cleanup effort in the burgeoning commercial area. The district, which stretches for 40 blocks in and around the commercial area of the NoHo arts district, was approved by 168 property owners in April and will provide the area with additional services like street cleaning and security in an effort to boost the area’s revitalization. The three-year project is funded through tax assessments from local property owners, and the project will receive an additional $500,000 a year from the MTA Proposition C fund – established to compensate business owners impacted by the construction of the Red Line. Bob Akhavan, a local property owner and president of the district’s board of directors, said efforts to launch a project of this size have previously failed in North Hollywood because developers were skeptical about the area’s revitalization. Programs like the “Clean Team” will handle sidewalk and alley maintenance, graffiti removal and even sidewalk pressure-washing six days a week. The “Safety Ambassador Program” will bring additional security to the area seven days a week to deal with vandalism, trespassing and illegal vending. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge thanked local business owners for banding together to improve their community. “NoHo is one of the first areas in the Valley to be developed and this is not its first transformation, it is like its third,” LaBonge said. “The bid will be able to ensure that this area is clean and graffiti-free. When someone sees a clean street, they say someone cares about this neighborhood.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com 818-713-3634160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Before, developments in the area were not as tangible for property owners,” Akhavan said. “But now property owners and developers recognize the need for a united effort.” Rena Leddy, executive director of the NoHo BID project, helped spearhead the project while she was vice president of Urban Place Consulting Group. Leddy said that convincing local business owners to approve the district wasn’t easy and required going door-to-door to explain the benefits. “This was a three-year process and when we started, there were some negative feelings. Property owners felt like no one cared about this area,” Leddy said. “But now they have said they are willing to pay for these additional services. People are excited about creating a force of change in their community.” last_img read more

BUDGET FROM HELL: DONEGAL IS HAMMERED IN CUTBACKS

first_imgBORDER town filling stations relying on Northern drivers have been left devastated by the budget.Towns like Bridgend are the only reason many Northerners cross the Border – with so many shoppers from Donegal heading the other direction.Prices for petrol and diesel in recent months have been becoming less competitive. Now yesterday’s announcement that an additional 2 cent will be added to the price of diesel and a further 4 cent to petrol will leave Northern motorists thinking twice about coming across the border.Yesterday’s budget has further wiped out that price difference – and hundreds of jobs along the Border with it.The Government’s dreaded €6 BILLION cutback budget included a raft of cuts.The dole and other payments cut by €9 a week, with child benefit being slashed by €10 a month per child, and double that for the third child. The lower paid – who traditionally have not paid tax – will be brought into the tax net gradually.While there are to be no changes to the top and lower income tax rates, tax bands are to be narrowed which will mean more people pay the higher rate of income tax.Income tax bands and credits to be cut by 10 per cent.Fat cat civil servants at the top of semi-state bodies will keep their salaries, but new appointees to semi-state bodies will be capped at €250,000.The Taoiseach’s salary to be cut by an additional €14,000 while his  Ministers will take a €10,000 cut. They’ll also find it more difficult to get around in the future because the state car fleet is being reduced by a third.The Government will cut back on travel taxes, a welcome boost for tourism. However we will get water charges, and a property tax eventuallyOnce again Donegal people will bear the brunt of the cuts in a county with already higher than average unemployment.Finance Minister Brian Lenihan delivered his bruising budget – the most painful for many years to claims that he had showed no imagination and had made no plans to create jobs. In one of his first speeches in the Dail, Sinn Fein’s new Deputy, Gaoth Dobhair’s Pearse Doherty attacked the Minister for Finance for once again atatcking the less well-off including the unemployed and the poor.In a thumping speech which left Tanaiste Mary Coughlan visibly shaken, Doherty said this budget was the deathknell for the Government.And he vowed he will do all in his power to make sure that Fianna Fail get booted out of office in the New Year.EndsBUDGET FROM HELL: DONEGAL IS HAMMERED IN CUTBACKS was last modified: December 7th, 2010 by gregShare 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

HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR DONEGAL IF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS STIMULUS PACKAGE – CIF

first_imgTHE CONSTRUCTION Industry Federation today called for a Government stimulus package which could create hundreds of jobs in Co Donegal and complete or start 19 projects across this county.The organisation projects are included on a “list of previously announced projects which could be advanced if the Government secures an EU stimulus package.”“Since the possibility of an EU stimulus package was first suggested, the CIF has been looking into what projects could be included, including 26 projects based in Kilkenny,” CIF director general Tom Parlon said today. “The CIF hopes that by publishing this list of potential projects it will help sharpen Government thinking on the potential stimulus package. By seeing just how many projects could be impacted by this deal, we believe it could help further the resolve of the Government to advance negotiations with their European partners,” he said.“There may be many more projects which could also be included in the deal and which would also provide jobs, investment and other benefits around the country. However, we hope this list will act as a strong flavour of what can be achieved if the stimulus package is finalised in the near future.”The announced Donegal schemes are:Bridgend Sewerage Scheme (G/ SLI)Ballybofey/ Stranorlar Sewerage SchemesBallyshannon/ Rossnowlagh Regional Water Supply SchemeSupply Scheme, Water Treatment PlantDonegal (Group B) Sewerage SchemesDonegal Town Sewerage Scheme (SLI)Glenties/ Dungloe Sewerage SchemesGweedore Sewerage SchemeNetworks, DonegalWastewater Treatment Plant, DonegalKillybegs Sewerage SchemeLetterkenny Sewerage Scheme (G)Watermains Rehabilitation Project Phase 1, DonegalN13 Stranorlar to DerryN14 Letterkenny to LiffordN15 Ballybofey/ Stranolar BypassN15 Lifford to StranolarN56 Inver to KillybegsN56 Letterkenny Relief Road  HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR DONEGAL IF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS STIMULUS PACKAGE – CIF was last modified: June 20th, 2012 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:HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR DONEGAL IF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS STIMULUS PACKAGE – CIFlast_img read more

Man United on verge of £92m Pogba deal, Man City launch £50m Kroos move – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United are close to finalising the purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus in a transfer worth £92m but will have to pay the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, up to £18.4m to conclude the deal. Juventus had originally said that they would only let the player go for £100m but will now accept £92m if United pay Raiola’s fee. United have also agreed to buy Pogba’s commercial rights and pay him an extra £4.2m a season, taking his earnings to £290,000 a week. (Guardian)Manchester United are also expected to complete the signing of 17-year-old Joshua Bohui from Brentford. United are yet to finalise a deal for the teenager, who was called up to the England Under-17 squad earlier this year, but Bohui should move in time for the new academy season and is set to sign a three-year contract. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester City are on the brink of completing the £42million transfer of Leroy Sane from Schalke on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week. The £42m move will be the second-highest amount paid for a German player, with Mesut Ozil’s £42.5m move to Arsenal in 2013 the only higher fee. (The Sun)Manchester City have launched an audacious £50million bid to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. City’s new boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Kroos and would like to be reunited with his former Bayern Munich playmaker at the Etihad. The Blues have made an approach and have received encouragement that a deal may be possible. (The Sun)Chelsea turned down a £14.25m offer from Borussia Monchengladbach for Andreas Christensen with the club firm in their belief the young Dane can become a key man at Stamford Bridge. Highly-rated Christensen, 20, is currently in the middle of a two-year loan with the Bundesliga side, where he picked up the fans’ player of the season award last term ahead of new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have accepted an initial £13m bid for Joe Allen from Stoke City. Swansea City have registered interest in a reunion with their former player, who is understood to favour a return to the Liberty Stadium, while Sevilla are also keen on a key component of Wales’s progress to the European Championship semi-finals. Only Stoke have lodged a firm offer for Allen, however, and he has been left to consider his options while on holiday after the tournament in France. (Guardian)Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is considering a loan move to Burnley. The full-back was left out of the pre-season squad to face Huddersfield on Wednesday night and has been given the chance to join the Premier League new boys for the season. (Daily Mail)Georginio Wijnaldum is set to be pulled out of Newcastle United’s friendly against Doncaster Rovers – as a £25million move to Liverpool edges closer. The two clubs are involved in an advanced talks over the midfielder. (Sunderland Echo)Watford are trying to steal a march on their rivals for Lille hot prospect Sofiane Boufal. Representatives of the £18m-rated Moroccan attacking midfielder have held talks with Watford, which are understood to have taken place in Austria where the Hornets are on pre-season tour. Boufal, 22, is on a host of clubs’ radars including Chelsea , Tottenham, Juventus and Lyon but Watford are hoping to force their way to the front of the queue. (Daily Mirror)Swansea City are plotting a move for Tottenham’s Belgian winger Nacer Chadli. Spurs are understood to value Chadli, 26, at around £15m, a fee would represent a club record for Swansea and is more than double the £7m Spurs paid FC Twente to sign Chadli three years ago. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:REJECTED! Alvaro Morata set to stay at Real Madrid after Chelsea have £62m bid turned downChelsea FC transfer news: Antonio Conte eyeing £25m deal for Benfica defender Victor LindelofEverton FC transfer report: Toffees to launch stunning £46million swoop for Napoli star Kalidou KoulibalyArsenal FC transfer report: Gunners launch stunning £41m move for Inter Milan forward Mauro IcardiManchester City target Leroy Sane tells Schalke he wants to leave this summerManchester United transfer news: Latest on Paul Pogba and more rumoursCONFIRMED: Liverpool sign Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg for £4.2millionCONFIRMED: Middlesbrough sign striker Alvaro Negredo from Valencia on a season-long loanlast_img read more