Lunchtime Football Round-Up 20th March

Afternoon all,

According to his agent, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said that he will be ready to leave the club if he is not offered a new contract by Saturday. Although talks between Toure’s representatives and City have been going on for six months, a deal to extend Toure’s current contract is yet to be struck. Since joining the Eastlands based club for £24 million in 2010, the Ivorian powerhouse has played 122 games, and has scored 22 goals. His performance since joining has seen him become one of the most respected players at the club, and I’m sure that all City fans will be gutted to see such a talented player leave

England boss Roy Hodgson has claimed that he may be forced into using Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick as an emergency centre back for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino. England are currently running incredibly low on defensive options, after the withdrawls of Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka from the squad. Carrick’s teammate Chris Smalling looks set to start along with either Carrick or Lescott, but it is not yet decided who will play alongside him, as Hodgson doesn’t know whether it is worth risking Lescott for this game as if he gets booked, then he will be suspended for the vital game against Montenegro, who currently top England’s group

Wigan Athletic striker Callum McManaman has been told that he will not be charged over his tackle on Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara last weekend. As a result of the challenge, Haidara was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken straight to hospital, where Haidara claimed he couldn’t put any pressure on his leg. Referee Mark Halsey has also been given a lot fo abuse over the matter, as he didn’t even give McManaman a booking. But replays have shown that Halsey was partially unsighted, so he was not able to see the full incident

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has said that he is delighted to have been called up to the England side for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Taylor has also revealed that former England boss Fabio Capello didn’t even know what position he played. After the injuries to four key defenders, Roy Hodgson felt it was time to call up the uncapped defender as cover for Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott

Championship side Leeds United are up for sale yet again, after the clubs owners Gulf Finance House (GFH) announced that they want to sell the club. GFH have only been owners of Leeds since December, and announced 10 days after they bought the club that they wanted to sell their stake in the club. One name that has come up already as a potential buyer  of the club is local businessman Steve Parkin who failed in his previous attempt to buy  the club

Inter Milan are planning a summer raid of Premier League club QPR if they fail to stay in the division. Stars Loic Remy, Christopher Samba and Julio Cesar are the names that have been linked with the Italian club so far. All three players have clauses in their contracts that would see them leave the club for a lower price than the club paid for them, so this is bound to alert other top european clubs if the R’s aren’t able to pull off the great escape

Stevenage have sacked their manager Gary Smith, following a poor run of results in the league. Stevenage were doing incredibley well earlier on in the season, as they were sitting nicely in the Play-offs, but since December, the club have lost 13 of the 18 games that they have played. Club captain Gary Roberts has been named caretaker boss until the club is able to find a permanent manager

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has sadi that he fully intends to keep on fighting over the Olympic Stadium. Hearn has already proposed a deal which would see Orient ground share with Premier League side West Ham, but is waiting for the courts to make a decision on the matter. But rumour has is that West Ham are set to be named the new tenants of the stadium tomorrow

Crewe manager Steve Davis has confirmed that the injury that Luke Murphy sustained in the clubs 2-1 win over MK Dons on Tuesday is not as bad as first thought