Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 18th December

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QPR chairman Tony Fernandes today admitted he wouldn’t of sacked Mark Hughes when he did if Harry Redknapp hadn’t announced he was close to signing a deal to become the Ukraine national manager. Fernandes said "Harry is a special manager, if he wasn't available, I would probably have persevered with Mark.”


Liverpool midfielder Suso has been fined £10,000 for calling Jose Enrique gay on twitter. He took to the social networking site to say, "This guy is gay... he does everything except play football.” He removed the comment shortly after but has accepted the fine and a warning about future conduct.


Marseille striker Loic Remy has admitted he would consider a move to Premier League outfit Newcastle United. When asked about the club he said, "They are a big club with good players, very good fans and a nice stadium that is always full but if I Leave in January both parties would have to be happy."


Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said he is not concerned about losing his star players in January and said he is thinking more of adding players in the transfer window as the club look to consolidate their position in the Premier League.


Alex Ferguson on the other hand has said he won’t be signing anyone next month as he feels fees are pumped up too much. This is a sentiment echoed by Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas although both are just as likely to be veiling possible targets to keep competition down as telling the truth.


Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman is close to signing a new deal with Everton as the club look to tie down existing stars before trying to add to the squad. Meanwhile Raheem Sterling is apparently close to signing a new 5-year-deal for the red half of Liverpool worth £30,000 a week.


Premier League chairmen have met up today to discuss financial restrictions that would force teams to break even each season. This rule would be independent from the UEFA ruling that means any club looking to compete in continental competition must meet certain financial criteria.


Despite insisting he would stay at Lyon until the end of the season last week, striker Bafetimbi Gomis has admitted he is flattered by interest from Liverpool and Chelsea. He said that although he is happy in France, if all three parties were happy, he would move to England in January.


Sao Paulo have announced the signing of veteran defender Lucio just one day after Italian club Juventus terminated his contract. The former Brazil captain is expected to finish his career at the club having signed a 2-year deal.


Roma president James Pallotta has said he has no intention of selling Manchester City target Daniele De Rossi in January. He told reporters in a press conference that it was just speculation concocted by the media.


Claudio Ranieri has suggested Monaco would be happy to sign David Beckham as the veteran midfielder would be "helpful in all aspects of the development of the club.”


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