Jonny Evans 1 West Brom are willing to let Joleon Lescott go – and plan to replace him with Jonny Evans.Lescott impressed for the Baggies after joining from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer.But Baggies boss Tony Pulis is now ready to offload the 33-year-old, who has a year left on his contract.Aston Villa are keen on taking the former Wolves defender back to his hometown and have tabled a £1million bid.That has been rejected by West Brom but they will do business once they bring in another central defender.Evans is Pulis’ top target and he is hopeful of convincing the 27-year-old to follow his former teammate Darren Fletcher to the Hawthorns.The Northern Irishman has not featured at all for United this season and Louis van Gaal is happy for him to move on.Evans’ signing would then allow Lescott to leave, with Sunderland, as well as Villa, showing an interest in the ex-England international.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Kick It Out has criticised Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite for the “outrageous” decision to overlook manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over fears of racist abuse from the club’s own supporters.Having put the League One club up for sale earlier in the week, the Vale owner told the The Sentinel he turned down the chance to appoint former the Holland international, now manager at QPR.Vale were given a warning by the Football Association in 2013 following an investigation into racist chanting in a home match with Bradford and Smurthwaite did not take Hasselbaink “because of the racial issue the club had got”.“I didn’t think it was fair on him,” he told The Sentinel.“Can you imagine the poor bloke getting abuse, along with the normal abuse if results were going against him?“He would have been right for the club without doubt but I don’t think the club would have been right for him.”“Ninety-nine per cent of our fans are excellent but a small minority leave us with policing and other issues.”They are comments that have been criticised by Kick It Out and its chair, Lord Herman Ouseley.“This is outrageous that we have an owner admitting he wanted to protect a manager because of the possibility of abuse, he has discriminated against Hasselbaink and denied him the opportunity of being Port Vale manager,” he said in a statement.“If there’s a problem then it needs to be addressed and tackled. If education is needed then let’s do something about it.“It is a sad day for Port Vale Football Club in 2015 when a football club owner admits this.“Are black managers not capable of protecting themselves? The main criteria should be the best person for the job.“Owners and decision makers at football clubs have a duty of care to appoint the best candidate.”Smurthwaite released a lengthy, wide-ranging statement on the Port Vale website shortly after Kick It Out commented.As well as dealing with issues such as an alleged assault by supporters in April 2014 and explaining the process of selling the club, the Vale owner touched on the “current frenzy of media attention” in relation to the decision to overlook Hasselbaink for the manager’s job when Micky Adams left.“Since coming in to run the club day to day in June 2013 I am regularly presented with challenges regarding the conduct of a very small percentage of our fans, which has a much wider impact on the operations of the football club,” he said.“The outcome of both an FA and Kick It Out enquiry regarding the Bradford game nearly resulted in the Railway Paddock being closed for the remainder of that season, which would have put Port Vale into both financial and operational restrictions which could have had a serious impact on the club that season.“If it was not for the continuing efforts of myself, the club and Ally Simcock, Supporters Club chairman, to reassure the authorities concerned that remedial action be put in place to combat these issues, this could have been the outcome.“Again a very small minority of our fans let the club down in their actions both home and away which made it very challenging to negotiate reduced police fees for our home games and in turn see higher levels of policing at some of our away venues.“As a club we are trying to strive to eliminate this small faction which several clubs have but sadly, as stated above, does have an impact in both decision making and operational control of our football club.“If any Port Vale fan feels I have labelled them as being either a racist or thug I am deeply sorry as this was never my intention or belief.” 1
2 Nottingham Forest 1-0 QPRJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s search for a first win as QPR manager goes on as his side were beaten 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. The hosts took the lead after 24 minutes when Jamie Ward opened his account for Forest, scoring his first goal since joining from local rivals Derby. The 29-year-old forward finished well after good work on the wing by Oliver Burke. QPR upped the ante in the second half, as Gabriele Angella’s header was well saved by Dorus de Vries, but they could not find an equaliser in this all-Championship tie and Dougie Freedman’s men are now unbeaten in their last nine matches.Peterborough 2-0 PrestonA goal in either half gave League One Peterborough a 2-0 victory over Championship side Preston. West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen was cleared to play shortly after extending his stay at London Road and he opened the scoring after seven minutes with a delightful 25-yard hit. Conor Washington doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half. Graham Westley’s side more than matched Simon Grayson’s North End, and it could have been more.Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 FulhamSheffield Wednesday got their second win over Fulham in seven days, this time in the FA Cup at Hillsborough. These sides met in a reverse fixture in the league at Craven Cottage last week, with Ross Wallace’s outstanding long-range shot helping Wednesday to victory, in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham. Days after agreeing a new three-and-a-half year deal at Hillsborough, Barry Bannan put the home side ahead with a 25-yard half-volley. Fulham equalised less than one minute later as Moussa Dembele finished well from close range. Atdhe Nuhiu notched the Owls back in front on 73 minutes with another well-taken volley to book Carlos Carvalhal’s side a place in round four.Southampton 1-2 Crystal PalaceSouthampton’s dreadful form continued as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace. Ronald Koeman’s men have won just one of their last ten matches and it did not start well. Former Portsmouth man Joel Ward opened the scoring for Alan Pardew’s men, putting them ahead before the half-hour mark following good work by Jason Puncheon. Former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu put the Saints back on level terms early in the second half as he reacted quickly to fire home a rebound. Wilfried Zaha volleyed home a second for the Eagles as Maarten Stekelenburg failed to clear Puncheon’s dangerous cross. The Saints’ Jose Fonte missed a big chance late on as he headed over the crossbar and Southampton struck the post minutes later following Ward-Prowse’s corner.Watford 1-0 NewcastleTroy Deeney’s seventh goal of the season helped Watford to a 1-0 win over Steve McClaren’s Newcastle. Deeney was set through on goal one minute before half-time and he coolly rounded goalkeeper Rob Elliot before slotting into an open goal. Aleksandar Mitrovic had a good chance to level the Magpies after good work by Moussa Sissoko, but QuiqueSanchez Flores’ side booked their place in the fourth round.West Brom 2-2 Bristol CityChampionship strugglers Bristol City had late heartbreak as West Brom netted a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Hawthorns. It means Steve Cotterill’s side will have a replay match with the Baggies at Ashton Gate after James Morrison’s leveller deep in added time. Wantaway forward Saido Berahino put Albion ahead in the second half before the Robins scored two through Jonathan Kodjia and Kieran Agard and then Morrison prevented a shock win from happening as he popped up with a vital strike in the 95th minute.West Ham 1-0 WolvesAnd finally, Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of a poor match between West Ham and Wolves. There were few chances or exciting pieces of link-up play to write home about as Kenny Jackett’s Wolves proved to be a tough match for Slaven Bilic’s men at Upton Park. The victory does mean the Hammers kept a clean sheet and made it three wins in a row – to extend their run to eight unbeaten in all competitions. The Croatian forward netted the only goal of the game as Andy Carroll teed him up to fire powerfully past Carl Ikeme with just five minutes left on the clock. At lunchtime, Aston Villa drew with League Two side Wycombe, but would any of the lower league clubs go one step further and knock out a Premier League side?Arsenal 3-1 SunderlandSunderland took the lead through Jeremain Lens, but Joel Campbell hit back before the break when he found himself unmarked inside the 18-yard box. Then Hector Bellerin had a hand in Arsenal’s next two goals, setting up both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for the second and third.Birmingham 1-2 BournemouthJames Vaughan missed a chance to restore Birmingham’s lead from the penalty spot with the scores at 1-1. Michael Morrison gave the home side the lead, but Lee Tomlin levelled thanks to his penalty and Glenn Murray punished the Blues for their miss with the winner five minutes from time.Brentford 0-1 WalsallSam Mantom aka ‘The Mantom Menace’ fired Walsall into the lead from the edge of the area – third in League One, just two points from second spot and now a fourth round tie to look forward to.Bury 0-0 BradfordBradford took just under 3,500 fans with them to Gigg Lane to watch this goalless draw in front of 6,962 supporters. A replay in front of that loyal support is the reward and the club will have an eye on the fourth round where they knocked out Chelsea last season.Colchester 2-1 CharltonGeorge Moncur and Marvin Sordell heaped more misery on Championship side Charlton, who have now gone nine games without a win in all competitions. Reza Ghoochannejhad scored for the visitors in injury time.Doncaster 1-2 StokeNathan Tyson scored either side of Peter Crouch and Jon Walters as the Potters, FA Cup finalists in 2011, secured a place in the fourth round. Doncaster fans, though, will feel their side deserved a draw.Eastleigh 1-1 BoltonAfter numerous pitch inspections, the match went ahead and the home supporters were on cloud nine when Dorian Dervite scored an own goal. But the only non-league side left in the FA Cup could not hold on and Bolton equalised late in the game to earn the cash strapped Championship club a replay and spare Neil Lennon’s blushes.Everton 2-0 DagenhamArouna Kone’s first half goal was enough for Everton to see off Dagenham and Redbridge. The Toffees were superior and were rewarded for their dominance with a penalty in the last 10 minutes, which was converted by Kevin Mirallas.Hartlepool 1-2 Derby CountyDarren Bent was the hero for the Rams as his strike five minutes from time saw the Championship side qualify for the fourth round. The hosts had taken the lead through Jake Gray before a Jacob Butterfield goal levelled the scores, and Bent buried the winner from Abdoul Camara’s cross.Huddersfield 2-2 ReadingThere will be a replay between the Terriers and the Royals after two late strikes at the Galpharm. Reading thought they had stolen a spot in the fourth round as Hal Robson-Kanu netted with three minutes to go, but Nahki Wells slotted home from 12 yards in added time and the two will now play each other again.Hull 1-0 BrightonSteve Bruce’s Tigers are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup. It took a first half penalty to separate the two teams with Robert Snodgrass slotting home from 12 yards after Harry Maguire was brought down in the box.Ipswich 2-2 PortsmouthPompey were denied a victory over the Tractor Boys as a Ryan Fraser cross-cum-shot found the back of the net for the Championship side two minutes from time. Tommy Oar had given the hosts the lead after 53 minutes but Kyle Bennett and Connor Chaplin swung the game in Portsmouth’s favour until Fraser struck.Leeds United 2-0 RotherhamThe Whites defeated their Yorkshire rivals with a goal at the end of both halves. Mustapha Carayol, signed on loan this week, scored the first, while Souleymane Doukara added the second.Middlesbrough 1-2 BurnleyThe Clarets came from behind at the Riverside as they beat Championship rivals Boro 2-1. Diego Fabbrini had the hosts ahead but Rouwen Hennings and Stephen Ward turned the clash on its headNorthampton 2-2 MK DonsThe Cobblers have earned themselves a replay against the Championship side but will rue their luck after throwing away a 2-1 lead in the second half. The visitors opened the scoring in the first-half through Ryan Cresswell’s own goal, but Ricky Holmes double saw them take charge of the match. Unfortunately, Chris Wilder’s men could not hold on though as Nicky Maynard diverted a Ben Reeves strike into the back of the net with eight minutes to go.Norwich City 0-3 Manchester CityThe Premier League title challengers made light work of the Canaries at Carrow Road. Sergio Aguero scored a superb solo opener before laying on an assist for team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne made sure of the victory late on after coming on as a substitute. Joel Campbell scores against Sunderland 2
Joe Allen: Swansea want the midfielder back – Swansea want Joe Allen back, The Sun is reporting. The midfielder is on the fringes of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s first team four years after signing for the club from Swansea. Swansea have money from selling Jonjo Shelvey and could also offload Bafetimbi Gomis. Would Allen fancy returning to fight relegation, though? Granit Xhaka: Switzerland midfielder can leave Monchengladbach for the right price – Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be interested in the midfielder and Borussia Monchengladbach director of sport has explained 23-year-old Xhaka could be sold if the price is right. Dennis Praet: Agent says player could leave Anderlecht – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Liverpool transfer news – Anderlecht’s 21-year-old attacker may not be at the club for much longer, according to his agent Jacques Lichetenstein. What can he gain by spending one more season at Anderlecht? he asked Dutch football magazine Voetbal International. Praet would add creativity in the final third and his former team-mate Tom De Sutter once compared him to Andres Iniesta. Dennis plays like Iniesta. Hes got good technique; hes solid, holds on to the ball well, keeps things simple and doesnt panic. His vision of the game is incredible. 6 6 Jamie Vardy: Alternative to Shane Long up front? – There are alternatives to Shane Long and the Star say Liverpool are looking at Vardy where a newspaper source explains his high work rate make him the ‘right fit’ for the Reds. One area Liverpool appear to need reinforcing is up front.There are other positions that could do with improvements and here, talkSPORT has rounded up the latest news surrounding possible ins and outs at Anfield.LIVERPOOL MANAGER JURGEN KLOPP BEMOANS CONCEDING GOAL FROM ANOTHER SET PIECEClick the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Liverpool transfer rumours and let us know who you would like to the club to sign in January.For all Liverpool news click here. 6 Mario Gotze: Bayern not renewing his contract this month? – Gotze’s contract expires in 2017, but Bayern Munich sporting director Mario Gotze said the club are in no rush to offer him a new one. He insisted there is no problem with the player, but talks would begin when they say. We all know how the situation is and how long his contract is running, he told German broadcaster Sat.1. And we know when there are certain key moments. But we are the ones who are in charge. We are in no rush and will work on this at our leisure.” 6 6 Shane Long: £8m approach rejected by Southampton – Liverpool have made an approach for the striker, but it has been rejected by Southampton. A fee of £8m has been mentioned by the Mirror and despite the club signing Charlie Austin it appears they do not want to sell Long. Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy is glad the bid was turned down: Theres no point bringing in players who arent better than what youve already got, he told talkSPORT. 6
8 8 8 8 2006 World Cup: aged 17 – I remember Sven-Goran Eriksson meeting with Arsene before the tournament, and them talking about my selection. Sven said it would be a fantastic experience for me, Id get to know how the England set-up works, and being in that tournament situation so young would only help make me a better player. It was a difficult moment here. I was very young and that was after wed lost the penalty shootout to Portugal. I had to try and lift the players knowing I hadnt even played in the Premier League yet.” 8 September 2008: Hat-trick for England v Croatia – My best moment in an England shirt so far. That moment with David [Beckham] shows how great he always was with me not only throughout the 2006 World Cup, but afterwards as well. He knew his era was coming to an end, so for him to look after me the way he did meant a lot. I learned a lot from him as a person the way he dealt with everyone and how he was around the place. Hed always put himself out there so you felt you could ask him anything. February 2007: League Cup final v Chelsea, first Arsenal goal – Getting the opportunity to have a run in the team and to score the first goal against a top quality keeper whos now on my team, was a great moment. I vaguely remember the incident at the end [when three players were sent off] but mostly I remember the goal.” March 2010: Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona – I came on when they were 2-0 up and started off the comeback with that goal. One of my favourite memories is from the second leg at the Nou Camp. I did the press conference with the manager and met [Lionel] Messi at the top of the stairs, so I said hello. The manager came up to me afterwards and joked: Theo, why did you not push him down the stairs? [Laughs] I thought: Wow, I didnt expect that from the boss! He scored four goals against us the next day, so maybe I should have pushed him! May 2015, FA Cup final: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa – This is one of my favourite things that has ever happened, I think. I missed the final the year before because of injury, so then to score the first goal in an FA Cup final at Wembley… as an English player its one of the cups Ive always wanted to win. It was amazing. You could tell by the celebration how much it meant, and look at the way Santi [Cazorla] reacts, too. It was a massive thing for me personally. Certainly my best moment for Arsenal. 8 January 2006: Signing for Arsenal – The guys at Southampton had heard what was happening, but it was hard I couldnt really talk about it or say goodbye. I stayed in a hotel nearby for a few nights beforehand, but I didnt really have anything with me so I had to get that suit from the Next in the retail park by the training ground. I dont think its too bad. Id met the manager before, with my mum and dad. We had a nice meal together. I was amazed by what hed done with this club and how hed developed players. I wanted to be part of that. This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukTheo Walcott celebrated ten years at Arsenal earlier this week – an anniversary that makes many of us in the talkSPORT office feel decidely old.There have been many highs and lows along the way since the then 16-year-old left Southampton to make the move to the capital.But what have been the highlights? Well, who better than the man himself to talk us through them.Click the arrow above to get Walcott’s verdict on his Gunners’ career so far… 8 January 2014, FA Cup third round: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham – Late on, I made a tackle and felt something in my knee. I was on the floor in the Tottenham corner getting all sorts said to me. Then things started being thrown at me. I thought: If theyre going to give it to me, Im going to give it back to them. So I just held up the score as they carried me off. One of the guys carrying the stretcher said to me: Theo, do you have to keep on doing that? Were getting peppered with coins here. 8 January 2016, FA Cup third round: Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland – Myself and Per [Mertesacker] have this tradition of bumping after a win. At the Sunderland game, Per wasnt there so I looked into the crowd and spotted this kid. Matthew, I think his name is, and called him on to the pitch. I think that connection with the fans is important. Its difficult for footballers these days to get close to fans but hopefully me doing that has shown that were just normal people and we want to make the fans a part of our success.
10 8. Mario Suarez – from Fiorentina to Watford for £4m – The Hornets have made a habit of targeting Italy in their recruitment process, and Suarez, who came through Atletico Madrids academy, is the latest from Serie A to make the move to Vicarage Road. The Spain midfielder struggled to settle at Fiorentina; therefore making it difficult to predict how well he can adapt to the challenge the Premier League offers. His influence could be determined by how Quique Sánchez Flores utilises his new signing. 9. Alexandre Pato – from Corinthians to Chelsea on a six-month loan deal – Some Chelsea supporters will still be raising an eyebrow over this deal, with the Brazilian having suffered a similar but not quite as tragic fall from grace as Radamel Falcao. With Diego Costa the first choice striker at Stamford Bridge, hell have to impress Guus Hiddink quickly. It remains to be seen whether hell have an impact on Chelseas dismal Premier League position. 10 10 6. Steven Naismith – from Everton to Norwich City for £8.5m – The Scotland international is a nightmare in front of goal for defenders, and he quickly illustrated just how crucial he could be for the relegation-threatened Canaries, getting his name on the scoresheet in his debut for the club against Liverpool. Its unsurprising he opted to walk away from Goodison Park given Romelu Lukakus prolific form, and his attention will now turn to his new clubs Premier League safety. 10 5. Benik Afobe – from Wolves to Bournemouth for £10m – Much has been said of Afobes rather hefty price tag, but the striker himself has assured fans that his transfer fee wont affect his performances. While this is easier said than done, it didnt take long for him to open his account for the Cherries, scoring his first for the club in a 3-0 win over Norwich City. He then followed this up with another in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland. The signs are certainly promising that Eddie Howe made the right decision in encouraging Bournemouth to cough up the cash. 7. Andros Townsend – from Tottenham Hotspur to Newcastle for £12m – A boyhood Spurs fan, the England international looked to have been forced out of White Hart Lane. He has shown glimpses of magic in his career to date, notably for Roy Hodgsons England, and he could have the last laugh at St James Park. Hell be desperate to make an impression with the Euro 2016 finals in the summer, and this incentive could make him a top signing for the club. 4. Sam Byram – from Leeds United to West Ham for an undisclosed fee – With Carl Jenkinson having suffered a season-ending injury, Byram could be called into action far more than both he and Slaven Bilic may have expected. The 22-year-old impressed after replacing Jenkinson in the Hammers 2-2 draw with Manchester City, making an unexpected Premier League debut, and expectations are high that he has an exciting future with his new club. 10. Mohamed Elneny – from Basel to Arsenal for £5m. Check out nine more of the biggest January deals by clicking the arrow above – The Egyptian struggled on his debut for the Gunners at the weekend, with Burnley offering him an example of the challenging physicality in England. After the FA Cup clash, Arsene Wenger admitted that the midfielder will have to adapt quickly, but he can take inspiration from the quick transformation of Francis Coquelin. At £5m, Elneny hasnt broken Arsenals bank and, if given a run of games, could prove the bargain signing of this seasons winter window. 3. Jonjo Shelvey – from Swansea City to Newcastle United for £12m – Shelvey himself confessed that he was close to tears during the final few months of his time at the Liberty Stadium, suggesting that an exit wasnt what he wanted at the beginning of the season. That is now history, and almost immediately he showed the Magpies faithful that he could be well worth his price tag, impressing on his debut versus West Ham. Most will agree that the 23-year-old has bags of ability its his consistency that is the concern. With the January transfer window now closed, there were plenty of moves that could have an impact on the second half of the season.Jonjo Shelvey and Charlie Austin have already excited their new club’s fans, while on loan strikers Alexandre Pato and Emmanuel Adebayor will be out to silence their critics in the Premier League.But who, on paper, are the best deals of the January transfer window?No one can say for sure, as it is too early to tell, but what we can assess is which players have the most potential to succeed and those signings that have excited fans the most.talkSPORT has ranked the top 10 transfers of the last 31 days – read our assessment by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 10 2. Giannelli Imbula – from Porto to Stoke City for £18.3m – The Potters smashed their club record signing fee when they splashed out over £18m to bring France under-21 international Imbula to the Britannia Stadium on deadline day. At just 23 years of age, it’s a mark of how highly Imbula is rated that Mark Hughes persuaded his bosses to cough up such a large sum for a player with relatively little experience, having spent just a few months at Porto, after joining from Marseille next summer. 10 10 10 10 10 1. Charlie Austin – from QPR to Southampton for £4m – Austin couldnt have dreamed of a better debut for the Saints after scoring the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Many were left scratching their heads as to why no Premier League club pushed for his signature in the summer, and those interested will no doubt be frustrated at not making an offer. Having cost just £4m, he isnt considered a gamble signing, despite his poor injury record, and he could lead Southamptons top six fight.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Rafa Benitez is considering a 10-game gamble at Newcastle – but would walk away if the club was relegated. The Spaniard is entertaining the prospect of guiding Newcastle out of the bottom three and relaunching his own career at the same time. Newcastle have been using an intermediary to sound out potential fire-fighters, should they axe Steve McClaren. (Daily Mirror)Barcelona have lost interest in Everton defender John Stones over doubts that the 21-year-old could adapt to La Liga. The Nou Camp club have been following Barnsley-born Stones for a while as they look to add a quality young centre-back this summer. But after making local enquiries into the youngster’s personality and temperament, there are sufficient fears over his ability to adapt that Barca will not enter into competition with the Premier League elite for his signature. (Daily Mirror)Mario Gotze will be the subject of a stunning four-way transfer showdown this summer as Bayern Munich look to offload the World Cup star. Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus are all chasing the midfield ace. (Daily Star)West Ham have added Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony and Liverpool’s Christian Benteke to their list of striker targets. The Hammers want to bring in a big-name frontman in the summer and are ready to break their transfer record and spend up to £20m. (Daily Mirror)Nigeria wonderkid Kelechi Nwakali has revealed he has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal. The deal for the highly-rated 17-year-old is understood to be for a £3million fee agreed with the country’s Diamond Football Academy. (Daily Mirror)Saido Berahino has been told he can leave West Brom in the summer — for the right price. That fee is believed to be between £10m-£15m as he will only have one year left on his contract. Tottenham lead the chase for the frontman, who they have tried to sign in the last two windows. (The Sun)Aston Villa are facing a potential summer exodus as they prepare for relegation to the Championship. Villa could be forced to rebuild their squad for the second successive season after it emerged that Jordan Ayew, Jack Grealish, Adama Traore, Idrissa Gana and Jordan Veretout will be targeted for moves. (Daily Telegraph)Aston Villa have made a move for Liverpool starlet Jerome Sinclair as they prepare for life in the Championship. (Daily Mirror)West Bromwich Albion have stepped up their pursuit of Laurent Depoitre by inviting the Gent striker’s agent to watch a match at The Hawthorns. He is expected to be available for around £8million, an attractive figure given his Champions League experience, and West Brom have regularly dispatched scouts to watch him. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?‘What do they add?’ Dietmar Hamann questions why Danny Drinkwater and Mark Noble warrant England call-ups‘Jack Wilshere should not go to Euro 2016 unless he’s 100 per cent fit’, insists Arsenal legendSimon Mignolet tells talkSPORT: ‘We have started to see what Jurgen Klopp brings to Liverpool’Liverpool transfer report: Reds face fight with Juventus to sign World Cup hero Mario GotzeSamuel Umtiti admits he could consider Lyon exit as Newcastle eye summer swoopManchester United eyeing Serbian defender dubbed ‘the new Nemanja Vidic’ Manchester United keeping tabs on THREE Bayer Leverkusen stars
– Dean HaynesSanta Clarita The greatest trick Re “O’Donnell a downer for NBC” (Viewpoint, Nov. 11):Bill O’Reilly is absolutely correct. The far left is doing its best to fictionalize a very real threat to the safety of our country. Radical Islam is a dangerous ideology and to simply ignore it is equal to putting one’s head in the sand. It reminds me of a quote from the movie “The Usual Suspects”: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist.”– Estela LuizziGlendale Increased density Re “NBC move faces hurdle” (Nov. 9):I suspect my neighborhood isn’t the only one receiving mailings from NBC’s paid consultants and VICA asking for our “unqualified” support of this massive project.NBC wants to have sufficient proof on hand showing that residents approve of this project without bothering to explain the pros and cons of this significant development to the very people who will be impacted by the traffic and increased density in a vital corridor (101 Freeway).– Ellen VukovichSherman Oaks Go for it All of Sunday’s “Your Opinions” were clear and well-written. Thanks, Dante Rochetti, Robert Bergstrom, George Timko, David Crowley, Tim Powell, Sion Colvin, William P. Mouzis, Jerry Schwartz, Irving Leemon, Harris S. Goldman, Judi DeBilzan, Jack Botwin and Terry Haney. I, for one, would enjoy hearing more of your thoughts.You all should be running for office in your neighborhood councils.– Marilyn White-SedelStudio City Sidewalk repair Why is it that seven months ago we paid the city for sidewalk repair done in front of our house and now one block away the city is repairing sidewalks at no cost to the homeowners? Doesn’t seem fair somehow. Time for a refund, we think.– Ellie Haney160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Brewer’s report card is in” (Nov. 11):LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer says, “From the intervention perspective, we are putting a Boys & Girls Club on Markham Middle School in South Central … and we will be putting those kinds of resources on more campuses during my tenure.”My, he must think that having after-school programs is a good prevention idea. Does he plan to charge those groups and those kids to use the school grounds? Does he know that the existing programs for youths that currently use the school grounds are also good prevention programs?All the programs for youths should be encouraged. None should be charged for use of the schools. It is total hypocrisy if new programs are encouraged for kids in one part of the community and discouraged (by high fees) in other parts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – Cheryl SullivanWinnetka Offending Tom Re “Johnson’s act disarming” (Sports, Nov. 11):Tom Hoffarth’s column had to be the whiniest sports column I have read in my lifetime. So Tom’s offended by the winner of a NASCAR race who fired blanks into the air after his victory. Boohoo. Was it not politically correct enough for Tom? Did the image of a person firing blanks into the air offend Tom?Did Tom think that because this act of celebration offended him, that no one else should be exposed to such a display? Maybe Tom should be given a column in the LA.COM section, where he could discuss movies. Or, better yet, put his thinly disguised anti-gun piece in the editorial section.
THERE is a massive jobs boost for the region tonight after healthcare company Abbott said will invest €85m into expanding its Sligo pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which will create about 175 highly skilled jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs in the process.A number of current employees of the company are from Co Donegal and commute to the facility each day.The extra space for manufacturing operations to support Abbott’s future pharmaceutical pipeline in therapeutic areas of virology, oncology and nephrology. It will provide additional capacity in Abbot’s global pharmaceutical manufacturing network. The expansion of the facility will be completed in 2014 and the investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.The new jobs will include skilled roles in engineering, quality, pharmaceutical science and other science-based areas. The majority of jobs will be added during construction and the remainder will be recruited after the expansion is complete.In addition to these 175 jobs, another 150 temporary jobs will be created in construction. “Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for more than 65 years and began manufacturing in the country in 1974,” said Dr Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Abbott.“Sligo is an important part of Abbott’s pharmaceutical manufacturing network and we are pleased to expand it to support future production needs. The success of our Sligo facility is due to the dedication of its staff and management.“This state-of-the-art expansion will enable us to produce innovative therapies that we expect will represent significant advances in the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease and viral infections,” said Saleki-Gerhardt.Barry O’Leary, CEO of Ireland, welcomed the announcement, saying that Abbott Ireland is of “key importance” to Ireland’s life sciences sector, which contributes substantially to Ireland’s export economy. “(Abbott) is part of a strong cluster of life-sciences companies in the northwest region, which is hugely important to the local economy,” said O’Leary.‘’Abbott, with 13 manufacturing, commercial and shared services sites across the country, continues to go from strength to strength and employs nearly 4,000 people. I wish Abbott Ireland every success with this new venture and offer the continued support of IDA Ireland as the company further develops its Irish operations,” he said.JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED was last modified: February 9th, 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)
It’s not just the amazing turnaround from last season where Leicester narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship that makes their Premier League triumph so amazing.No, this time eight years ago the Foxes were facing up to life in the third tier for the first time in their (then) 124-year history when they dropped into League One following a 0-0 draw with Stoke, who earned promotion to the Premier League at the same time.How times change…VIDEO: LEICESTER PLAYERS CELEBRATE WINNING THE LEAGUE AT JAMIE VARDY’S HOUSE