Manchester United Chasing Serbian Defender; Tottenham Keen on Red Devils Duo

 

Manchester United are chasing Serbian defender Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund.

The Red Devils are reportedly lining up a bid of £20 million to steal the defender from the Bundesliga outfit in January.

You may recall that the last Nemanja Vidic was the last Serbian defender bought by Sir Alex Ferguson.

If Subotic can live up his potential, he can be as great as Vidic and that’s why United are so keen on the physically imposing Serbian defender.

The interest in Subotic is primarily due to the fact that Vidic has been injury prone over the past two seasons, Rio Ferdinand is always good to miss at least half of the season and Jonny Evans, well Evans is simply not the dominant force United need at the back.

According to Caught Offside, Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a January raid of Manchester United.

Who are Spurs keen on this time?

The answer is Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen.

The news was rather jaw-dropping when I first heard about it, but if Manchester United are able to land Neven Subotic the deal actually makes a great deal of sense.

Redknapp is preparing a bid of £10 million for the two, which could force Sir Alex to sell his beloved defender and striker.

Stay tuned for more on this story.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours

German media reports have revealed that Arsenal are pursuing interest in long-time German international Lukas Podolski.

It seems as if Podolski has been around for years and that’s because he has.

The FC Koln striker is massively experienced, but is still just 26-years-old.

More importantly, his skill-set is ideal for the Gunners style of play.

If Arsene Wenger pulls off this raid, I expect Arsenal FC to finish in the top four of the English Premier League table.

Manchester United Transfer Rumours

Aside from Sir Alex’s interest in Neven Subotic, United are also keen on bolstering their midfield with Newcastle United’s defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Tiote has bossed the Magpies midfield to the tune of the Premier League’s stingiest defence and his hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Chelsea FC are also keen on the Ivorian international.

Liverpool Transfer Rumours

Liverpool FC are keen on making a January bid for Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Mexican midfielder has never been able to break into Harry Redknapp’s starting XI despite some absolutely splendid performances for his country.

The Reds are reportedly debating whether to make a £9.7 million for the player.

Carlos Tevez Transfer Rumours

Sao Paulo boss Emerson Leao stated that Carlos Tevez is worth £16 million as a player, but not as a ‘man’.

“As an athlete, yes. As a man, no,” said Leao.

“As a player, any coach would approve spending that sum for him. But he has been making it hard for coaches to want him. It has happened at several clubs, including Corinthians,” he concluded.

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Higuain calls for Real calm

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has called on his team-mates to remain calm in their goal of taking the La Liga title from Barcelona.

Los Blancos sit a point clear of Barca in the table after 10 games and the 23-year-old has urged his colleagues to stay grounded, despite their early form setting the pace to wrench the league trophy away from the Catalans for the first time since 2009.

“This is when we have to be more relaxed than ever. We are first as a result of our hard work, but there’s a long way to go. We have to continue with humility, perseverance and a cool head,” he said, according to Marca.

The Argentine, who has scored 10 La Liga goals this season, added that his return from a career-threatening back injury put his work into perspective.

“I am very grateful that I can continue with football, which is what I like. It was a very difficult injury, but now I feel great and am enjoying being part of the group again,” he said.

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Beckham blushing at PSG interest

LA Galaxy star David Beckham said that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

The ambitious French club have been credited with an interest in the 36-year-old, as PSG sporting director Leonardo has indicated he would be glad to work with Beckham again after coaching the Englishman during his time at AC Milan.

However, the former Manchester United man revealed that he has not yet made a decision over his future.

“I am flattered that clubs like Paris Saint-Germain are interested in me, when I am 36 years old,” Beckham told RMC.

“But I am still a player of LA Galaxy. It’s always flattering that there is interest in me.”

“I do not know yet what will happen in the future.”

LA Galaxy owner Tim Leiweke said earlier in October that he was confident Beckham would remain tied to the club for the foreseeable future.

Beckham’s contract with LA Galaxy expires in November.

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Leal praises defiant Pirates

Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal has praised his side for a hard-fought 2-1 win over Jomo Cosmos in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Goals from Isaac Chansa and Tokelo Rantie were enough to hand the visitors the three points in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter, ending their four-match losing streak.

The Pirates had to fight back from a deficit at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, after Siyabonga Nontshinga had given Cosmos the lead on the half-hour mark.

Leal says he was pleased with the three points, but admits that there is still work to be done if they are to defend their title.

“First, it was very important to win here and get three points to improve our position on the log. It came at a good time. It was an away game and I think the team adjusted very well,” he told the PSL website.

“In the second half, I think we improved, we put a little bit of pressure. I think when we changed and put players like (Tlou) Segolela we became more aggressive. We didn’t play the whole game well as we would like to do, but we scored goals.”

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Three points the aim for Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson says that Manchester United are treating their midweek Champions League clash with Otelul Galati as a must-win encounter.

The Red Devils shaded the Romanian club in the reverse fixture 2-0 a fortnight ago thanks to two Wayne Rooney penalties, but Ferguson is not taking Wednesday’s clash at Old Trafford lightly.

“We have to win on Wednesday, without doubt,” Ferguson told United’s official website.

“We’re at home and I expect us to win and, if we do that, (qualification) is in our hands when we play Benfica at home.”

“We’ll hopefully win our game and, when we play Benfica at home, it’ll be the decider in our section.”

United sit in second place in the Group C standings, two points behind leaders Benfica who play Basel in the other fixture.

And Ferguson is not content with merely qualifying for the knockout stages, underlining the importance of winning the group to avoid some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the next round.

“It’s always better to finish first than second,” Ferguson said.

“After getting the first result against Galati and then playing them again at home, we’ll hopefully go into the Benfica game with eight points. That will be an important match.”

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Injury concerns for Real duo

Real Madrid duo Kaka and Alvaro Arbeloa are both in doubt for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Lyon because of minor muscle injuries.

Spanish giants Real revealed the news on Monday but did not disclose how long the players will be out for.

Kaka came on as a second-half substitute in Madrid’s 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad on Saturday, while Arbeloa played the whole match.

Real defender Ricardo Carvalho is still recovering from a back injury and has been ruled out of the midweek encounter at Stade de Gerland.

Real currently top Group D with a perfect record after three games, while Lyon have four points.

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Koeman livid after crushing defeat

Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman expressed his disappointment after his side’s 6-0 mauling at the hands of Groningen in the Eredivisie on Sunday.

The Rotterdam giants went a goal down inside the first minute when Dusan Tadic scored for Groningen and further strikes from Maikel Kieftenbeld and Petter Andersson put the hosts well clear early.

Koeman said his side did not perform of a standard worthy of the Dutch top flight.

“As a team we have failed incredibly,” the former Netherlands international told AD Sportwereld.

“It was 3-0 after 18 minutes. As a team we did not do our best to avoid these goals. We have been given a lesson in efficiency.”

He added: “The players don’t just have to take a look at each other and the team, they have to take a look at themselves.”

Feyenoord are sixth in the Eredivisie table, 10 points behind leaders AZ Alkmaar.

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Ghana gain beneficial draw

Former Ghana FA president Ben Koufie has labelled the Black Stars’ African Cup of Nations draw as advantageous.

The West Africans were drawn to face Botswana, Guinea and Mali in Group D, with all pool matches to take place in Franceville, Gabon.

Koufe said Ghana would be able to defeat all three teams in the group and coast into the quarter-finals, but warned Goran Stefanovic’s men against overconfidence and complacency.

“We have to be cautious for all the matches. It looks like a reasonably good group. I don’t think it is the group of death. I don’t. We have to be extra careful match to match. We can beat all of them,” he told KickOffGhana.com.

Koufie, who was once the technical director for the Botswana Football Association, acknowledged the strong determination of the Zebras, who were the first to qualify for the tournament.

“They have worked hard to reach where they are now. I think they will be a very determined lot. I started the whole thing when I went there. They were not playing international competitions. They play the English type of football and have lots of stamina,” he said.

“They have been in camp for so long and just training because they have very few players from outside.”

“I wish Botswana very well but not to the extent that they beat my team.”

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Pavlyuchenko seeks Spurs exit

Roman Pavlyuchenko says he wants to leave Tottenham in January to find first team football, with a return to Russia the likeliest option.

Russian striker Pavlyuchenko moved to White Hart Lane in 2008 but has never managed to hold down a regular starting spot, and now finds himself behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order.

With Euro 2012 on the horizon, the 29-year-old is keen to play as much football as possible to ensure he is selected for the tournament, and has concluded the only way to achieve his aim is to actively seek a transfer in the next window.

“Will I ask the club to sell me in December? Yes, it’s 100 percent,” Pavlyuchenko told football-express.com.

“I have to do something in the transfer period. We’re ahead of the European Championship. If I don’t change (my club) then Euro 2012 will be played without me.”

Pavlyuchenko added he cannot understand why Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has lost faith in him.

“I was fighting and fighting but it was useless,” he said. “Does Redknapp believe in me? Now I don’t think so.”

“I do the training as good as the others. I do everything with 100 percent effort.”

“I don’t cry and I don’t say that everybody is bad but I’m a good footballer. If I score in each game then I can play. But it’s not a reality to score in each game. That’s all.”

Promoted QPR have been linked with a move for Pavlyuchenko in January, but the player says he would prefer a return to his homeland, with big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala mooted as a likely destination.

“I’d rather go back to Russia,” Pavlyuchenko said.

“If I sign to Anzhi or not – we shouldn’t go too far. Maybe I’ll have only one possibility and that will be Anzhi and nothing else.”

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Klopp wants consistent Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said he cannot explain their poor Champions League form, ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Olympiakos.

The Bundesliga club are still looking for their first win in Group F, having followed up a draw against Arsenal with disappointing defeats at the hands of Marseille, and their Greek opponents.

Klopp’s men are set to lock horns once more with Olympiakos at Signal Iduna Park, and the 44-year-old has urged his players to prove that they belong in the competition.

“I still do not understand why we haven’t reached the same level in the Champions League as we have in the Bundesliga,” Klopp told Bild.

“Against Olympiakos, we must prove that we can compete in Europe and that can only come with a win.”

“I feel the team are burning with desire to prove themselves in front of their critics. Now we must finally realise what we can do.”

Despite Dortmund’s indifferent form in Europe, the German champions sit in third place in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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