Liverpool are set to revive their interest in Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler, with the Reds eager to sign the Swiss international in January.
After Roy Hodgson had signed Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, Lucas Leiva lost his place in the starting line-up and the Brazilian looks set to be shown the door.
Hodgson attempted to sign Inler this summer but he lacked the funds to complete the deal, and the experienced manager could now sell Lucas Leiva in order to raise money for the capture of the Swiss international.
The Udinese midfielder is also targeted by Serie A giants Inter and Juventus, so Liverpool will definitely face a stiff competition in the race for his signature.
The 26-year-old Inler is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Serie A, with his ability to combine a hard-tackling approach with impressive technical skills likely to prove the perfect combination for the place in Liverpool’s midfield.
[News of the World]
Paulo Bento set to take over as Portugal boss
Former Sporting Lisbon manager, Paulo Bento, is set to be appointed as the Portugal coach following the dismissal of Carlos Queiroz.
Portuguese Football Federation president, Gilberto Madail tried to persuade Jose Mourinho to help the national team in the next two qualifiers and while the Real boss basically said yes to the proposal, he was denied that chance by Florentino Perez.
The national team chiefs wasted no time after being informed of Real’s decision and they are set to announce Paulo Bento as the new national team boss.
Bento, who denied any contact with Gilberto Madail just few days ago, will sign a two-year deal and his first job will be to stabilize the team and set them on the road to Euro 2012 qualification.
Paulo Bento would definitely be a surprise appointment for many since his coaching career hardly makes him the best candidate for the job, having only coached Sporting Lisbon after ending his playing career.
While he largely struggle to lead Lions to respectable league position, Bento became a real Cup specialist, as he led Sporting to no less than 4 domestic Cup titles and this record may be one of the reasons for getting him the highly coveted job.
Toon legend on his way back to St James Park
Newcastle will ask for permission from the Premier League to sign Shay Given in an emergency loan deal.
A shoulder injury has ruled out Steve Harper for three months, leaving Magpies with young Tim Krul as their only recognized keeper in the squad.
Newcastle will now try to take advantage of the situation and ask for the Premier league permission to bring Shay Given on loan, after Roberto Mancini allowed the Irishman to leave the club.
Given has recently admitted his frustration at losing the starting place to Joe Hart.
“If I’m flying around like Clark Kent all week I still won’t play on a Saturday — that can be demoralizing. I wouldn’t mind where a loan was.”
Roberto Mancini later said that Given would be allowed to move clubs.
“If he wants to leave he can. If he decided to leave he could have left a month ago. Now we must wait until January.”
The proposed move would no doubt be a win-win situation for everyone concerned, and the Newcastle fans are now eagerly awaiting for the Premier League clearance, hoping to see one of Toon legends back at St James Park.
[Source: Daily Mail]
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