Daily Football Round-Up Friday 18th January

Southampton dominated the football news today, as the weather did outside of it, by sacking Nigel Adkins, appointing Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement and signing in-demand Norwegian defender Vegard Forren. Check out the full Adkins story here.


Theo Walcott has finally signed a new deal at Arsenal that will keep him at the club until 2016. The former Southampton forward has been the centre of much speculation due to his previous deal expiring at the end of this season. Liverpool were reported to be interested in the England international but will now have to move their focus elsewhere.


Harry Redknapp has defended QPR’s signing Loic Remy by saying that money wasn’t the reason for his move. He stated that the two had developed a good relationship following the continuous scouting of the striker while he was the Tottenham manager.


Neil Lennon has confirmed that Celtic have turned down a bid from Norwich for Gary Hooper. He went on to state his disappointment at the story being leaked and said that any deals will be done as secretly as possible.


Swansea manager Michael Laudrup refused to comment on the rumours of a bid for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones but did admit the club have received offers for Danny Graham this month.


Hearts have completed the loan signing of Liverpool defender Danny Wilson on a six-month deal. The Scottish club have recently been hit with a transfer embargo but are allowed to sign players on loan and manager John McGlynn has revealed his delight at signing the young centre-back.


Spurs have been dealt a crushing blow today as it was announced that Sandro will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Brazilian, known by fans as ‘The Beast’, was taken off early in the game against QPR on the weekend and underwent surgery earlier this week.


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admitted he has already received an offer of £46 million for star striker Edinson Cavani but turned it down saying he needs the player, not the money.


Alan Pardew has said the club will not sell Davide Santon or Tim Krul this month “no matter what” following reports of interest from Italy. He went on to say that even an “extraordinary offer” wouldn’t tempt the club to sell.


Reports emerged today that the FA were considering selling the naming rights for Wembley Stadium today, but these rumour have been quashed, with a spokesman saying, “There are no naming rights available for Wembley Stadium and there is nothing to report about any rights deals being signed with any company at present.”



Follow: @andrew_willcox