‘So Markovic isn’t good enough but Joe Allen is?’ – Liverpool fans divided by Serb’s loan move

first_img1 Lazar Markovic The summer clearout at Liverpool appears to be gathering momentum.After Mario Balotelli ended his disastrous Anfield spell by rejoining AC Milan on Thursday, fellow summer 2014 recruit Lazar Markovic looks set for a loan move to Fenerbahce.The 21-year-old winger endured an inconsistent season on Merseyside, showing flashes of his potential but failing to secure a first-team berth.And those first-team opportunities look set to fade with the arrival of Roberto Firmino this summer and the emergence of Jordon Ibe.Despite the proposed deal, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers still holds Markovic as part of his long-term plans and hopes some time away from the club will help restore his confidence.Liverpool fans, however, don’t seem particularly happy at the decision, and some of them took to Twitter to voice their displeasure:last_img read more

Chelsea send scouts to watch Serbian starlet – January move on cards?

first_img Marko Grujic celebrates a win for Serbia Under-20s 1 Chelsea are tracking Red Star Belgrade starlet Marko Grujic.The 19-year-old Serbian has been capped by his country at every youth level and he is tipped to have a bright future.Bundesliga side Hamburg are one of many clubs who have already showed an interest but their offer was rejected by the player in the summer.Grujic instead elected to sign a new contract with Red Star, which keeps him at the club until 2018.But now, according to TMW, Chelsea could try and tempt the midfielder to England after sending scouts to see him in action.The Blues will reportedly continue monitoring the youngster until the January before deciding whether to make an approach.last_img read more

Nasri reveals MLS move on cards after Man City exit

first_imgManchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed he would be open to ending his career in the MLS.Several of the Premier League’s stars have made the move to America in recent years, including the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.Nasri insists he has no plans to quit Manchester City, who he joined from Arsenal for £25m in the summer of 2011, in the immediate future.But the 28-year-old has admitted he would like to experience the MLS after his time at the Etihad.“I do not see myself returning to Ligue 1,” Nasri told Canal+. “I love the Premier League. I like my life in England.“I see myself going to play in the MLS, to discover something other than France.” Samir Nasri 1last_img read more

Champions League 2015-16: Find out which clubs have qualified for the round of 16 here

first_imgAs the Champions League group stages enter their final round of games, we are starting to know which teams have progressed to the round of 16.A number of teams, including Manchester City, confirmed their place after only four group games.So which clubs have already booked their place in the next round? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow above, right, to see which teams will enter the knockout stages. 16 16 16 Bayern Munich – Winners of Group F – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 16 16 16 Chelsea – Winners of Group G – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Manchester City – Winners of Group D – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 16 Benfica – Runners-up of Group C – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … PSV Eindhoven – Runners-up of Group B – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Real Madrid – Winners of Group A – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Atletico Madrid – Winners of Group C – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 FC Zenit – Winners of Group H – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 Roma – Runners-up of Group E – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 Juventus – Runners-up of Group D – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Wolfsburg – Winners of Group B – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 16 Barcelona – Winners of Group E – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Dynamo Kiev – Runners-up of Group G – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Paris Saint-Germain – Runners-up of Group A – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … Arsenal – Runners-up of Group F – Click right to find out which clubs will make up the Champions League round of 16 … 16 KAA Gent – Runners-up of Group H 16last_img read more

Exclusive: Bayern Munich ‘working on the assumption’ that Pep Guardiola will leave

first_imgGerman football expert Raphael Honigstein believes Bayern Munich are ‘working on the assumption’ that boss Pep Guardiola will leave at the end of the season.Recent reports suggest Guardiola will announce his decision to leave the club at the end of the current campaign when he makes his decision clear next week. The Bundesliga giants are waiting on an answer from the former Barcelona boss, whose contract expires next summer and he has put off signing a new deal at the Allianz Arena.The situation with the 44-year-old has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all possible destinations.Rumours surfaced last summer suggesting Guardiola had agreed a deal to take over at the Etihad in 2016, but Honigstein thinks even the Catalonian is not sure where his future lies.“I think the assumption at Bayern is that he’s going to tell them ‘sorry, I’m off’,” Honigstein told Hawksbee and Jacobs.  “They’re working on that assumption.“A coach that doesn’t accept an offer that’s on the table and asks to wait rarely gives you a positive answer.“The fact it’s taken so long to nail him down to an answer has been not so well received. It’s testament to how highly they value him.“Why there is still no official word is there’s an element of hope that things will change.“He is somebody who changes his mind rather frequently but they are working on the assumption he’ll tell them no.“Sport Bild, who usually have a good way in with Bayern, say that he has actually told Bayern already last week that the likely answer is no.“What he will do, I don’t know. I don’t think anybody at Bayern knows, I am not sure he himself knows. I don’t believe he’s already agreed to go to City [last summer], that would not make sense.“But I do believe City, with [Txiki] Begiristain and [Ferran] Soriano there, obviously feel they are in a great position to attract him if he comes available.”last_img read more

‘Manuel Lanzini could be as good as any player in the WORLD’, says West Ham chief

first_img Manuel Lanzini in action for West Ham 1 West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says Manuel Lanzini will sign for the club on a permanent deal in the New Year.The 22-year-old has been in excellent form for the Hammers this season after joining on loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira.And Sullivan, who believes the Argentine has the potential to become one of the best players in the world, has warned any clubs interested in luring Lanzini to them that they have no chance of beating the Hammers to his signature.“The contract we have is 100 per cent watertight,” Sullivan said, speaking to Sky Sports.“We have until April to make it permanent but we’ll probably do it before the due date.“He is a fantastic player and a fantastic man. By February or March, he will be a permanent West Ham player.“He could be a top, top, top player. He’s already sensational and he could be as good as any player in the world.”last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League transfers: The moves to make in gameweek 20

first_img 8 Out: Nathan Ake (Watford) – £4.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Watford defender is suspended for three games after his red card against Tottenham, which is all the reason you need to drop him. Out: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – £8.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As the Red Devils’ form falters, so does the majestic Mata. He’s now without an assist since September, and without a goal since November 7. Drop him until he and Man United get back to their best. 8 Out: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – £6.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Rather crazily, 15.9% of FPL managers have got the Belgian in their squads, despite the fact he is made of glass. He’s out again with another injury so ditch the expensive defender. We’ve got one last gameweek over the festive period and one last match before a winter break as the FA Cup comes in to disrupt the fixture list.A lot has changed in the last few days with teams hitting form and others having their bubbles burst.But who are the men you need to get out of your squads and who do you need to sign? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out our Fantasy Premier League tips… Out: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One of Spurs’ most improved players this season, the Belgian has been in and out of the team due to injuries and illness. He’s out again so it might be worth giving him the heave-ho. In: Jose Fonte (Southampton) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Solid and reliable, Fonte has been a big success for the Saints and continues to impress at the back. While other teams plump for Scott Dann, Toby Alderweireld and other defenders, we reckon the Portuguese star is worth a punt with fixtures against Norwich, Watford and West Brom next. In: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Incredibly, Spurs’ not-so-secret weapon this season, Alli, is still available at an amazingly low price. The English star can get goals and assists and is an able replacement for his team-mate. 8 8 8 8 8 8 In: Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – £6.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – We could have named a number of players to replace Mata but we think, to get a jump on those players still with the usual suspects, like Riyad Mahrez, Ross Barkley and the newly appreciated Mark Arnautovic, you should consider the Serb star who has two assists in his last two games. In: Ryan Bennett (Norwich) – £3.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In favour with Alex Neil, Bennett is getting plenty of game time and is dirt cheap – the perfect defender for your bench. He’ll free up some money for the January transfers. last_img read more

Overlay is the right way to go for new Valley area code

first_img 160Want 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.An overlay would be the least traumatic way to add a new area code to the 818, and fairest. Those who have had their 818 number for decades don’t deserve to have them taken away from them now. And considering how many area codes L.A. has already, 10-digit dialing isn’t enough of a reason to cause a split. Just overlay it. THE Public Utilities Commission is taking the correct steps in preparation for a new area code in the San Fernando Valley. This week, the commission started holding public hearings to listen to the concerns and suggestions of residents and business owners about how to create the new area code. The Valley is running out of phone numbers in the 818, and a new area code, 747, is necessary. The question is whether the commission will split the Valley and force a new area code on one half, or give the 747 area code to any new phone in the Valley and institute 10-digit dialing. It’s good the commission is airing the issue, but we don’t see how there’s even a question. last_img read more

Kids go fishin’ for careers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe California fisherman, a South Dakota rancher, and a farmer, firefighter and miner, each from Montana, taught students about their jobs as part of a nationwide, privately funded program called Provider Pals. The goal is to bridge the gap between town and country, both for students and for the mainly rural workers who visit schools involved in the program. Phillips explained that, as his own boss and as the owner of his own boat, he can also take off weeks at a time when the fish aren’t running and be with family. He only goes out in good weather, which means sometimes he goes stretches when he only fishes twice a week. The eighth-grade students in the class were all immigrants learning English. What they really wanted to hear was the tall fish tales – of the truthful variety. And Phillips, a 27-year veteran of the ocean, had plenty of those. Phillips told of once grabbing a huge thresher shark by the tail and getting swatted around the boat before another crewman shot it in the head with a gun. GLENDALE – There’re no days off and no taking breaks when the fish are running, a California fisherman told students at Roosevelt Middle School on Wednesday. In a physical science class, Bob Phillips explained how he makes a living from the ocean – especially when there’re plenty of fish to catch and he is logging 16-hour days. “If it’s really good, you just go,” Phillips told the kids. “You go until it hurts. You go until you can’t get up in the morning, and then you go again.” It was a glimpse into a different sort of life in a daylong lesson meant to show where the fish and produce the students eat and the silver jewelry they wear come from. That shark was worth nearly $1,000, Phillips said as the classroom’s teacher shuffled around the room with a laptop, showing students a picture of a thresher shark. Phillips also explained that when he fishes in the winter, he bundles up in three sweat shirts and a coat while piloting the boat, before taking off some layers to bring in traps. “I don’t know how he goes fishing in the winter, and I can’t believe it, but it’s really cool,” student Nicole Kim, 13, said after the lesson. In the school library, Montana mine manager Clint Jensen handed out chunks of silver and gold and gave a slide show presentation about his mine. In another class, Montana farmer Jill Lorang invited students to examine the head of wheat, sheep’s wool and unprocessed honey that she brought. Lorang, a lifelong farmer, explained that an extract from sheep’s wool called lanolin is used in some lotions. Student Rozanna Azoumanian, 12, left the class holding a stick of honey, a head of wheat and a baggie filled with soy beans and lentils. “It was interesting,” she said. On the ranch, “one small dog gets to chase the cows, and it was interesting that we get food from them.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 818-546-3304 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

BMW still stuck in kitchen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe driver blew through a stop sign and was unable to make the right turn onto Loraine Avenue, Staab said. The car went up the curb, through a fence and became “impaled into the front of this house,” said Staab. The entire front half of the car appeared to be inside the kitchen, he added. An unknown number of people were home, but none were in the kitchen and none were injured, said Staab. The driver, who was not injured in the crash, was investigated for signs of intoxication, Staab said, but police concluded alcohol or drugs played no role in the crash. GLENDORA – A new BMW coupe caused “kind of a spectacle” Sunday as it remained embedded in the front of a home following a Saturday night crash, police said. The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday at a house at 856 N. Loraine Ave., said police Lt. Tim Staab. A 19-year-old Glendora man, whose name was not released, was driving a brand-new BMW M3 east on Palm Drive at about 55 mph, Staab said. The speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 mph, officials said. Officers cited the driver for speeding, he added. The BMW remained embedded in the home Sunday, as officials wait for experts to examine the structural integrity of the home. The scene is causing “kind of a spectacle,” Staab said. “It’s quite a sight.” Traffic has also slowed down considerably near the intersection as passing drivers stare at the damage, said Staab. City officials red-tagged the home, and the residents have moved out until the damage can be repaired, Staab said. The residents have expressed concern over the nearby intersection, police said, as this is the second time their property has been damaged in a crash. On Jan. 1, cars on the property were damaged by a drunk driver who lost control at the intersection, said Staab. Generally, however, Staab said the intersection tends to be a safe one. “Most of the time, the people who use this intersection are local residents,” he said, “and they don’t drive recklessly.”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