Good evening all, here is a quick round-up of what’s been going on in football today.
Andre Villa Boas has said a move for Leandro Damiao this month is unlikely. Spurs are expected to sign a striker in January following Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision to represent Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations but AVB has said it would be extremely difficult to bring the Brazilian to White Hart Lane this month.
Harry Redknapp is bracing himself for a reunion with his former team by stating Spurs could field two teams capable of challenging at the top of the table.
QPR have had a £5 million bid for Jonas Olsson turned down and West Brom boss Steve Clarke has said the Swedish International is going nowhere in January. However, the manager did admit that there is a buy-out clause in Olsson’s contract which could be activated by one of six clubs in the summer.
Yohan Cabaye has handed Newcastle a huge boost by returning to full training this week. Manager Alan Pardew said the midfielder would be coming with the team to Carrow Road on the weekend and could even play some part in the game.
Blackburn Rovers are set to appoint Michael Appleton as their new manager after agreeing a compensation package with Blackpool. Appleton has only been in charge of Blackpool since November but has been identified as the man to replace Henning Berg who was sacked after only 10 games in charge of Rovers.
Fiorentina have entered the chase for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard with club president Mario Cognigi admitting he is a player he has always liked. Lampard is free to negotiate a deal with foreign clubs now as his contract expires in the summer.
Nahki Wells’ goal against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup sem-final has placed him firmly in the transfer window. The club are keen to keep hold of their star players but may struggle with clubs like Leeds United queuing up with cheque books at the ready.
Sergio Ramos has been handed a five-match ban for calling the referee Ayza Gamez a “shameless crook” after he sent him off in Wednesday’s game against Celta Vigo.
Theo Walcott finally signed a new deal at Arsenal yesterday after agreeing a £30,000-a-week pay rise and the promise of more first team action as an out-and-out striker. This puts an end to what seems like an eternity of uncertainty surrounding the English forward’s future in North London.
Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has ended speculation linking him with Arsenal and Chelsea by committing himself to the club. “I’m playing in the Premier League in the first team and that’s what anyone wants to be doing and I just want to carry on doing that,” he told the clubs website.