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Friday, December 23, 2011


Chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has advised Arsene Wenger to once again look at Shakhtar midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports.

Aston Villa
Villa boss Alex McLeish said Marc Albrighton 'climbed a mountain' to recapture last season's form and scored the 20,000th Premier League goal.

Everton manager David Moyes said he walked out of Ewood Park early on Tuesday following the level of abuse aimed at Blackburn boss Steve Kean.

Midfielder Sean Davis believes he is finally ready to kick-start his Bolton career, with a series of frustrating setbacks are now behind him.

Daniel Sturridge scored his ninth Premier League goal as Chelsea registered their third away draw following the fixture against Tottenham.

Manchester Utd have moved into pole position to sign Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell in the winter market after Chelsea cooled their interest.

Fulham have made contact with Bayern Munich and are reportedly to be leading the chase for the winter transfer of Croatian striker Ivica Olic.

Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil refused to comments on reports linking him with a move to Liverpool, insisting he is happy at the Bernabeu.

Manchester City
Manchester City will reportedly allow Carlos Tevez to join AC Milan on loan in January, if the Italian agree to buy the player in the summer.

Manchester United
Manchester Utd have moved into pole position to sign Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell in the winter market after Chelsea cooled their interest.

Newcastle United
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that the club are desperately seeking defensive reinforcements during the January transfer window.

Norwich City
Norwich City are believed to be one of several clubs interested in signing striker Kris Boyd, who is available on a free transfer in January.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR boss Neil Warnock is delighted with Adel Taarabt's return to the first-team after he reacted positively to criticism from his team-mates.

Stoke City
Tony Pulis says Peter Crouch is fine and could face Aston Villa after being checked over at hospital following a couple of days of headaches.

Martin O'Neill has challenged striker Nicklas Bendtner to continue to prove himself at Sunderland after an impressive display against QPR.

Swansea City
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has stated that young midfielder Josh McEachran could be sent out on-loan, with Swansea a possible destination.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored his ninth Premier League goal as Tottenham registered their first home draw following the fixture against Chelsea.

West Brom
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has praised the application of his players after seeing them drag themselves into the Premier League's top 10.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his Latics side have gained some much-needed momentum to help get their survival bid up and running.

Former skipper Karl Henry is backing Wolverhampton striker Kevin Doyle to bounce back from being axed for their home clash with Norwich City.

Serie A

AC Milan
Alessandro Nesta has confirmed he wants to see out his professional playing career with Milan and may cut back his commitments to once a week.

AS Roma
It was reported that AS Roma are set to open talks with Tottenham about the possible transfer of defender Vedran Corluka in the winter market.

Atalanta will not let striker Manolo Gabbiadini leave the club in January, insisting that the club know how to take care of their youngsters.

Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio insisted there is no disgrace in losing to Roma, who are perhaps the most in-form side in Serie A right now.

It was reported that Cagliari are considering the signing of free-agent Zlatan Muslimovic to help reinforce coach Ballardini striking options.

Catania boss Vincenzo Montella said director Pietro Lo Monaco will be the one to decide whether the club keep or sell Maxi Lopez in January.

Daniele Arrigoni said the penalty as the turning point against Atalanta and criticised Cesena for 'melting' at the first sign of difficulty.

Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo believes his side deserved more against Lazio, but admitted they were denied by a great goalkeeping display.

It was reported that Fiorentina have made young Siena striker Mattia Destro as one of their main targets during the January transfer window.

Genoa have confirmed that they have sacked coach Alberto Malesani and replaced him with Pasquale Marino following the 6-1 defeat to Napoli.

Inter Milan
It was rumoured that Inter Milan have submitted a bid worth EUR30 million for Sao Paulo attacking midfielder Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva.

Chelsea are interested in acquiring Juventus winger Milos Krasic, with the Italian giants reportedly asking EUR12 million for his transfer.

Auxerre President Gerard Bourgoin has hinted that the outfit will be targeting Lazio striker Djibril Cisse in this January transfer market.

Coach Serse Cosmi cannot help but feel regret after Lecce threw away a lead against Inter and conceding that his team were not sharp enough.

Napoli have claimed that the capture of Universidad de Chile striker Eduardo Vargas will be their only piece of transfer business in January.

Novara midfielder Andrea Mazzarani believes the determination showed by his team against Palermo will help them Serie A safety this season.

Palermo coach Bortolo Mutti said his team did well with just 10 men against Novara and will have a talk with Josip Ilicic about his action.

Parma coach Franco Colomba regretted the draw with Catania and said his team are struggling to convert their chances and makes naïve mistakes.

It was reported that Fiorentina have made young Siena striker Mattia Destro as one of their main targets during the January transfer window.

Francesco Guidolin was satisfied with a point and blamed the 'disrespectful' fixture list for Udinese's tired performance against Juventus.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa insisted that his team deserved to go through in the Copa, despite their poor performance against Oviedo.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico president Enrique Cerazo announced that he has sent an offer to Cholo Simeone to take over as coach after sacking Gregorio Manzano.

Barcelona are in the next round of the Copa after beating Hospitalet thanks to goals by Rodriguez, Iniesta, Alcantara, Xavi, Tello and Cuenca.

Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez admits he feels relieved after undergoing surgery on an problem that has prevented him from playing his best.

Getafe coach Luis Garcia insisted that three or four critical decisions in Malaga's favour have ensured his side's elimination from the Copa.

Granada coach Fabri Gonzalez is not too disappointed about exiting the Copa del Rey as his team can now fully focus on their La Liga survival.

Levante midfielder Juanlu is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing his right leg during the Copa del Rey win over Depor.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that it was a very close match against Malaga and that either team could have been eliminated.

Osasuna manager Mendilibar was satisfied to get through in the Copa, especially with the numbers of top flight clubs exiting the competition

Racing Santander
Racing Santander coach Juanjo Gonzalez admitted he was delighted about going through in the Copa del Rey and with the performance of his team.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval was disappointed to exit the Copa del Rey as he believes his team have played better in both legs.

Real Betis
Real Betis manager Pepe Mel said the result at Cordoba was key to his side's elimination from the Copa del Rey at the hands of the Califas.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil refused to comments on reports linking him with a move to Liverpool, insisting he is happy at the Bernabeu.

Real Mallorca
Tennis star Rafeal Nadal has sold his shared in Real Mallorca, citing that they are no longer the same club as to when he joined the project.

Real Sociedad
Philippe Montanier has admitted Sociedad were lucky to go through in the Copa, following a 'catastrophic' second half display against Granada.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre admitted the fans have the right to show their disappointment and his players are hurt after the Copa exit.

Sevilla have ruled out any serious injury to striker Frederic Kanoute and should be able to resume normal training after the festive break.

Sporting Gijon
Bad news for Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado ad midfielder Sebastian Eguren is sidelined for a month after twisting his knee in the Copa.

Valencia are through to the next round in the Copa del Rey after eliminating Cadiz thanks to the goals by Ruiz, Jonas, Soldado and Banega.

Former Olympique Lyon coach Claude Puel is reportedly the main candidate for the Villarreal job following the sacking of Juan Carlos Garrido.