Lunchtime Round-Up 11th February

Afternoon all,

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon may be forced into retiring as throughout his career he has been troubled by a persistent knee injury. The 30-year-old became the most expensive goalkeeper in British football back in 2007 when he signed for Sunderland for £9 million from Scottish side Hearts. Since moving to the Stadium Of Light, Gordon has sustained two broken arms and a knee injury that had plagued his time at the club

Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing has admitted that he is happy to be playing under manager Brendan Rodgers at the moment. Downing found it hard to break into the Liverpool team in the opening months of Rodgers appointment and was often played out of position. But some solid performances from Downing has made his name one of the first on the team sheet in recent weeks

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill feels that the partnership of Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham will work if given the time to adapt. So far this season O’Neill has opted to play with one striker, and he has continued to do so even though he has acquired the services of another striker in Danny Graham, who has only been used as a substitute so far since his £5 million switch from Swansea. But O’Neill has stated that he will start both strikers together at some point

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he changed his side to face Everton slightly yesterday after he heard of Manchester City’s shock 3-1 loss to Premier League strugglers Southampton. Ferguson said that he planned to make seven changes to the side, but instead named an even stronger team to face Everton to give them a greater chance of increasing the lead they have on City. Nevertheless, United beat Everton 2-0 and now have a comanding 12 point lead over rivals City

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has said that contract talks between him and manager Sam Allardyce have been put on hold until the clubs Premier League safety is guaranteed. Allardyce’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, so West Ham will need to hold talks pretty soon to keep hold of their manager. But West Ham are slowly slipping down the Premier League table and have only won one of their last six games

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has been told by manger Paul Lambert that he can have a new contract, even though he has not yet played any games this season after being forced to undergo three operations on hip and groin problems since last summer. Before this season, Dunne was classed as one of Villa’s key players and had played a pivital role in their batttle to stay in the Premier League

Arsenal left back Andre Santos is set to fly over to Brazil to hold talks with Gremio over a possible loan deal until the end of the season. Since joining Arsenal in 2011, Santos has found it hard to adapt to the English style of play and has only started 13 Premier League games for the Gunners from Turkish side Fenerbahce

Leeds United owners GFH have rejected an offer for a majority stake in the club. The Dubai based investment bank bought the club in December last year from Ken Bates for a reported £52 million who has remained chairman and is set to become honorary president at the end of the season

League One side Notts County have had a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue & Customs over unpaid monies dismissed by the High Court. HMRC brought the petition over bills due on 19th December last year and the club claimed they only heard about this last Friday

Barnet have completed the signing of former West Brom and Swansea striker Craig Beattie, subject to international clearance