Football Roundup Tuesday 20th November

Good evening everyone, ready for a night of Champions League football? You may have seen that a couple of games have already been played, with Lille winning 2-0 away to BATE Borisov and Barcelona winning 3-0 away to Spartak Moscow. But elsewhere football motors on, and with the January transfer window just around the corner the rumours are, as you’d expect, in full flow.


Much of today’s speculation surrounds ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham. The 37 year old has announced he will leave LA Galaxy at the end of the season, with his last game being the cup final on December 1st after six years at the club. His next club is the subject of much debate, but Australia seems to be heading the list of destinations.


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have written his Christmas wish list, with Christiano Ronaldo right at the top. The manager has stated the player is ‘unbuyable’ though, as any player that has scored 165 goals in 163 games would be. Rumours have stated the Portuguese superstar isn’t 100% happy in Madrid, and has said he misses his ‘father in football’ Alex Ferguson.


Arsenal are apparently planning a ‘take it or leave it’ contract offer for in demand winger Theo Walcott. They are prepared to let him leave if he doesn’t sign it, with Liverpool and Chelsea apparently waiting in the wings.


Liverpool are also said to be monitoring the situation of Daniel Sturridge, as they only have one striker and the Chelsea front man appears to have fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge. Figures being mentioned are around £15 million, which could well see Chelsea bid for Walcott as early as January.


Sam Allardyce believes West Ham deserved 3 points in last night’s game against Stoke. While he admitted Stoke where the better side in the first half, he feels his side had more than enough chances in the second half to feel a little aggrieved with just a point.


Southampton starlet James Ward-Prowse has signed a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2017. The 18 year old was promoted to the first team this season and has impressed his club enough to warrant a new long term deal.


Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is apparently the main target of Italian giants Juventus, who are planning a January bid for the Ivorian international. Drogba is apparently unhappy with life in China, only six months after joining Shanghai Shenua at the end of last season.


Peter Herbert (Society of Black Lawyers) has today said he has been in touch with the Metropolitan Police, with a meeting next on the agenda. Herbert told reporters ‘Ideally, as a result of that they will speak to Tottenham and the Football Association about the anti-Semitic chants. We are prepared to make an official complaint if we feel action is not being taken’. Expect a raucous atmosphere at White Hart Lane on Sunday.


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