Lunchtime Roundup 17th December

Afternoon all,


Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is set to go before a Premier League tribunal this weekend as he fights a fine that he was given by City. Balotelli was docked two weeks wages at the end of last season as he had to miss eleven games through suspension

Manchester United defender Phil Jones epxects the return of captain Nemana Vidic to have a big boost within the squad over the christmas period. Vidic came on as a substitute against Sunderland this Saturday, this was the first time he had played first team football since September

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has said that he is planning to strengthen his squad in the anuary transfer window. The signings of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in the summer were meant to help steer Sunderland well clear of the relegation zone. But they are currently only one point above the relegation zone

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen believes that Aax midfielder Christian Eriksen would be an ideal signing for Spurs this January. Vertonghen played alongside Eriksen for two years at Ajax until he decided to move to Spurs this summer

West Ham and QPR are both set to battle it out to capture the signing of Shanghai Shenhua striker Nicolas Anelka. The French striker is said to be unhappy in China at the moment, and the club are in the process of terminating his contract.

Norwich are hopeful of signing Brighton pair Craig Mackail-Smith and Liam Bridcutt in January

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has said that Liverpool will have to pay at least £6 million to sign 19 year old goalkeeper Jack Butland

Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg has said that goalkeeper Paul Robinson still has a future at the club despite being left out of the club's 2-0 loss to Blackpool this weekend

The whole saga concerning the future of Portsmouth is set to be decided on January 15th. This has been decided after the original court case was adjourned

Torquay United striker Ryan Jarvis could be out for a minimum of 2 months after he suffered a punctured lung in the club's 1-1 draw with Northampton

And finally,

Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp  has once again become a father again. Sharp and his wife have decided to call their son Leo


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