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Thursday, December 8, 2011


Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun revealed his hopes of making his loan move from Chelsea permanent, despite making only 5 starts this season.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is confident funds will be made available as he searches for a new midfielder in the January transfer market.

Grant Hanley is enjoying the competition for places at Blackburn and plans to use it to his personal advantage as he bids to improve his game.

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Cole is hoping the overturning of Gary Cahill's red card at Tottenham heralds a change of fortune for the club.

It was reported that Chelsea will allocate EUR20 million in ordert to tempt Porto to let go of Blues' main target Joao Moutinho in the summer.

Coach David Moyes is wary of piling too much pressure on Apostolos Vellios and feels patience is key if Everton are to see his full potential.

Coach Neil Lennon watched Fulham central defender Rafik Halliche play 90 minutes in a friendly against Hibernian at Lennoxtown on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez has been charged by the FA for an alleged gesture at Fulham's fans, with the club accused of failing to control their players.

Manchester City
David Silva scored his first Champions League goal to beat Bayern Munich, but it was not enough to prevent Manchester City from elimination.

Manchester United
Phil Jones scored his first Champions League goal but it was not enough as Manchester Utd lost to Basel and dropped out of the competition.

Newcastle United
Ryan Taylor is backing Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew to guide the team through their current injury crisis ahead of the Norwich clash.

Norwich City
Norwich defender Russell Martin admits they will be happy if the Canaries can remain in midtable for the rest of the Premier League campaign.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers winger Lee Cook insists his long-term future remains unclear, but has not ruled out a permanent switch to Leyton Orient.

Stoke City
Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has declared himself fit for Sunday's Premier League clash against Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium.

It was reported that English side Sunderland are considering a move for Udinese midfielder Almen Abdi, who is valued between EUR7-8 million.

Swansea City
It was reported that Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has turned down an offer to take charge of Northern Ireland on a part-time basis.

Tottenham are prepared to offer Roman Pavlyuchenko as part of a player-plus-cash offer for Marseille striker Loic Remy, according to reports.

West Brom
Striker Simon Cox conceded he may have to consider a move away from West Brom if he has failed to win a place in the first team by January.

Wigan Athletic
Roberto Martinez hopes the return of Antolin Alcaraz from his three-match suspension will help Wigan regroup after a disappointing weekend.

Wolverhampton boss Mick McCarthy has heaped praise on striker Kevin Doyle's work-rate and unselfishness despite his lack of goals this season.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa said he will take on Real Oviedo with enthusiasm because the Copa del Rey clash is very important to him.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid manager Gregorio Manzano has set his sights on going all the way in the Copa del Rey ahead of Thursday's clash at Albacete.

Xavi Hernandez insists that defeat against Real Madrid this weekend would not kill off Barcelona's hopes of retaining their La Liga crown.

Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to comment about the possible arrival of a new striker, as such talks do not benefit the team.

Getafe assistant coach Pedro Rostoll Rodriguez has been handed a 2-match suspension after he was sent-off for protesting against the referee.

Tomer Hemed scored his fifth La Liga goal of the season as Granada registered their fourth home draw following the match against Mallorca.

Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros said his team want to end the year with 30 points and should not drop points against Sevilla and Granada.

Malaga's Brazilian forward Julio Baptista underwent surgery on his right foot and will be out between 6 and 8 weeks, the Spanish club said.

Osasuna midfielder Masoud Shojaei has undergone his fourth surgery in a bid to heal his broken fifth metatarsal sustained earlier this season.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander goalkeeper Mario Fernandez will miss their match against Athletic Bilbao after sustaining a finger injury during training.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo manager Jose Ramon Sandoval is concerned that Alhassane Bangoura will not return from Guinea in time for their clash against Sporting.

Real Betis
Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas has urged his side to reproduce their second half display against Osasuna, when they face angry Valencia.

Real Madrid
Jose Callejon scored his fourth Champions League goal as Real Madrid registered all wins in Group D following the match versus Ajax Amsterdam.

Real Mallorca
Tomer Hemed scored his fifth La Liga goal of the season as Real Mallorca registered their third away draw following the match against Granada.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto admits it will not be easy for him to win back his place in the squad, following their two straight wins.

Real Zaragoza
It was reported that Zaragoza are interested in acquiring the services of Genoa midfielder Sebastian Ribas, who has yet to play this season.

It was reported that Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala have been in contact with Sevilla about the possible transfer of striker Frederic Kanoute.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting coach Manolo Preciado is sweating over Nacho Cases' fitness, but the medical team are optimistic that he will be able to face Rayo.

It was reported that Valencia have offered a five-year contract to defender Gregory van der Wiel and are waiting to hear back from the Ajax.

Napoli midfiekder Gokhan Inler scored his first Champions League goal to condemned Villarreal to their humiliating sixth defeat in Group A.

Serie A

AC Milan
Taye Taiwo's agent has admitted that the defender could leave Milan in January after struggling for a place in the team since his summer move.

AS Roma
AS Roma striker Bojan Krkic has appologised for his reaction to his sending-off against Fiorentina by admitting that he was being immature.

Atalanta winger Ezequiel Schelotto admits he is happy to be playing regularly, but insisted that no one is guaranteed a place in the team.

Bad news for Bologna coach Stefano Pioli as defender Nicolo Cherubin could be sidelined for some time after sustaining an injury in training.

It was reported that River Plate are keeping a close watch on Cagliari striker Joaquin Larrivey, who could leave the club for EUR1.5 million.

Catania coach Vincenzo Montella insisted that Maxi Lopez is not a substitute player, even though he has started only five matches this season.

Cesena are reportedly interested in Viktoria Plzen midfield stars Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar, who are worth EUR4.3 million collectively.

Paolo Sammarco admits Chievo have been inconsistent this season, but hopes their draw with Atalanta is a start to their move up the table.

Cesare Natali revealed that Fiorentina have yet to contact him about their intentions even though his contract is set to expire in June 2012.

It was reported that Zaragoza are interested in acquiring the services of Genoa midfielder Sebastian Ribas, who has yet to play this season.

Inter Milan
Esteban Cambiasso scored his first Champions League goal but failed to prevent Inter from losing for the second time in Group B against CSKA.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will give his fringe players the chance to shine in their Coppa Italia tie against Bologna.

It was reported that Sampdoria are interested in acquiring the services of Lazio striker Libor Kozak, who is currently out on loan at Brescia.

Lecce midfielder Rodney Strasser revealed that coach Serse Cosmi has told the team that they need to smile despite their negative situation.

Napoli are through to the knockout stages after Gokhan Inler scored his first Champions League goal of the season in the defeat of Villarreal.

It was reported that Torino midfielder Andrea Gasbarroni is considering his options in January, with Novara reportedly waiting in the wings.

Josip Ilicic's agent has made it clear Fiorentina have made no approach for the Palermo midfielder, claiming it as a journalistic invention.

Mjallby midfielder David Lofquist is delighted to move to Parma in January and also admitted that it was an opportunity he could not refuse.

Despite links with Juventus, Mattia Destro's agent insists that the player will end the campaign with Siena and the reports are just rumours.

It was reported that English side Sunderland are considering a move for Udinese midfielder Almen Abdi, who is valued between EUR7-8 million.