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Friday, December 16, 2011


Arsenal striker Park Chu-young insists he is ready to lead the club's attack next month when his team-mates go to the African Cup of Nations.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Rangers, stating he wants to fight for first-team place.

Blackburn Rovers' Jason Lowe has declared himself fit to make an immediate return to the team, despite being stretchered off at the weekend.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has warned that players whose contracts end next summer will have to earn their new deals through their performances.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas revealed that Ghanian midfielder Michael Essien is still at least a month away from returning to action.

Everton boss David Moyes is reportedly hoping to secure the services of young French talent Yohan Tavares, who currently plays for Beira Mar.

It was reported that Fulham are keeping an eye on Benfica keeper Artur Moraes, who could leave the Portuguese side at the end of the season.

Kenny Dalglish has the option to strengthen his Liverpool in January, but he has refused to be drawn into speculating about potential targets.

Manchester City
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has played down an apparent training ground confrontation with controversial striker Mario Balotelli.

Manchester United
Inter are reportedly considering opening contract negotiations with Manchester Utd's youth Paul Pogba, whose contract expires in the summer.

Newcastle United
It was reported that Newcastle Utd have turned their attention to AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo, who could move to Tyneside on a loan deal.

Norwich City
It was reported that Norwich striker James Vaughan could return from a knee injury as early as next month, instead of March as first feared.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock could be in danger of losing midfield duo Adel Taarabt and Alejandro Faurlin to Napoli this January.

Stoke City
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic dismissed suggestions their chances of success in the Europe League were damaged by defeat by Besiktas.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed that goalkeeper Craig Gordon will undergo more tests to get to the bottom of his knee injury.

Swansea City
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns that key members of his squad could leave the club in the January transfer window.

Steven Pienaar scored his first Europa League goal to beat Shamrock, but it was not enough as Tottenham finish the group phase in third place.

West Brom
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in Scott Allan and feels talks to sign the Dundee Utd midfielder are 'going well'.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz has been cleared of serious injury but remains a doubt for this weekend's Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is more concerned about facing strikers the likes of David Silva and Wayne Rooney than Stoke's long-throw tactics.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa was pleased the improved performance of his fringe players, despite the defeat to Paris Saint Germain.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico are through to the knockout phase after Alvaro Dominguez scored his first Europa League goal to beat Rennes at the Vicente Calderon.

Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has remained coy on whether Barcelona will purchase a replacement for the injured striker David Villa.

Didac Vila has warned Espanyol of the danger posed by Sporting Gijon's midfield and that his team must be vigilant from the very first minute.

Getafe midfielder Pedros Rios has declared that the team are fully behind Miku and could not understand why the fans made the hitman a target.

Granada have confirmed that Diego Mainz and Hassan Yebda will not take on Levante this weekend after failing to resume training on Thursday.

Levante midfielder Jose Barkero has urged his team to take the unique opportunity to have a spectacular holiday by beating Malaga this week.

Malaga striker Sebastian Fernandez admits his team have a better chance of beating Valencia as Roberto Soldado is missing due to suspension.

Osasuna midfielder Xavier Annunziata would love to be given more opportunities in the La Liga, but admits the current team are doing well.

Racing Santander
Racing are in 11th place in the Fairplay chart with 48 penalty points after picking up 44 yellow cards and 2 red cards so far this season.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano hitman Lass Bangoura has returned to Guinea to clear up some permit problems and is not expected to return before the New Year.

Real Betis
Real Betis' Roque Santa Cruz believes the strong words from coach Pepe Mel might be just what the team needed to produce a positive reaction.

Real Madrid
Luis Figo has blasted those who criticised Cristiano Ronaldo's performance against Barcelona, accusing them of not understanding football.

Real Mallorca
Cash-strapped Real Mallorca have expressed their regret for their 'irresponsible' act in the hiring of Alejandro Alfaro for EUR1.7 million.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto believes he was lucky to score against Granada, but admits it is a good boost ahead of the Racing clash.

Real Zaragoza
Bad news for Zaragoza after it was confirmed that David Mateos is out for a month due to a muscle tear sustained in the match versus Alcorcon.

Martin Caceres' agent said he is honoured Juventus have renewed their interest in the Sevilla defender, fueling rumours about a January move.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado could field Alberto Lora against Espanyol this weekend as the midfielder is back on the training pitch.

Defender Jordi Alba insisted that Valencia are under no pressure following their recent results, but they are keen to change their dynamics.

Villarreal midfielder Javier Camunas admits having 7 players sidelined affects their performance because there are no competition for places.

Serie A

AC Milan
It was reported that Newcastle Utd have turned their attention to AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo, who could move to Tyneside on a loan deal.

AS Roma
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has insisted that Francesco Totti would not leave the club and will be their director once he retires.

It was reported that Torino are hoping to take Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Pettinari in January on a loan deal for coach Giampiero Ventura.

Bologna have reportedly shown strong interest in Sampdoria striker Massimo Maccarone, who is reportedly close to leaving the Serie B side.

It was reported that Cagliari are considering taking Sampdoria midfielder Daniel Dessena on a January loan deal with the right to purchase.

Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco has faith in coach Vincenzo Montella and admits he dreams of being involved in the Europa League next year.

It was reported that Cesena midfielder Antonio Candreva has attracted interest from German side Bayer Leverkusen and Russian club Rubin Kazan.

Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi has urged his team to bounce back quickly with a win over Cagliari so that they can enjoy their winter break.

The representative of Marco Marchionni has rejected links with Genoa, but said the Fiorentina midfielder will evaluate his options in January.

It was reported that Genoa are keen on acquiring the services of Werder Bremen ace Claudio Pizarro to solve their striking problem in January.

Inter Milan
Inter are reportedly considering opening contract negotiations with Manchester Utd's youth Paul Pogba, whose contract expires in the summer.

Martin Caceres' agent said he is honoured Juventus have renewed their interest in the Sevilla defender, fueling rumours about a winter move.

Boss Edy Reja has admitted that Lazio struggled to qualify to the last 32 of the Europa League, but insisted that they deserved to go through.

Lecce defender Moris Carrzzieri believes that his squad are not inferior to others and is confident that they can get a win away to Parma.

Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler insists he i not bothered who the Partenopei are drawn with in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

It was reported that Genoa striker Andrea Caracciolo has agreed to a move to Novara, but the Grifone want to secure his replacement first.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has rejected claims that the club have made a move for Palermo left back Federico Balzaretti.

Raffaele Palladino has apologised to Parma manager Colomba for his furious reaction to a substitution, admitting it was a mistake to do so.

Siena sports director Giorgio Perinetti has voiced his confidence that the team he assembled in the summer are capable of staying in Serie A.

Udinese are through to the knockout phase after Antonio Di Natale scored his 2nd Europa League goal to eliminate Celtic from the competition.