Lunchtime Roundup 28th December

Afternoon all, I hope you all had as much of a wonderful Christmas as I did

Representatives of David Beckham is still deciding on where his next move will be. The former England captain has recieved several offers since his contract with LA Galaxy ran out at the end of the MLS season. There was rumours saying that Beckham could be moving to the Australian A-League to join fellow Englishman Emile Heskey, but those rumours have been slashed as Beckham has denied a move there

There is still a hugh possibility that Thierry Henry could re-sign with Arsenal for a second loan spell during the MLS off season says Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger. Henry made a return to The Gunners in January last season, playing four times and scoring two goals, one against Leeds in the League Cup, and one in stoppage time against Sunderland which secured a 2-1 win for Arsenal

Newcastle have met with representatives of Marseille striker Loic Remy over a possible move. But Newcastle will have to face some stiff competition from Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and German side Schalke to capture the Frenchman’s signature. It is thought that Newcastle could be bringing in Remy to act as a possible replacement for Demba Ba who is rumoured to be wanted by Arsenal

Sunderland have given a trial to yound Dutch midfielder Tom Oostinjen. Oostinjen is currently playing part-time for Dutch third division side GVVV (Gelders Veenendaalse Voetbal Vereniging)

Wesley Sneijder’s agent has dismissed any speculation linking the Dutch midfielder with a move to Tottenham in January. But many newspapers have already claimed that Sneijder has already agreed a move to White Hart Lane

Blackburn Rovers have sacked Henning Berg after a poor run of form in which Rovers had only won one of the ten games that Berg was in charge for This poor run of form sees Blackburn sit 17th in the Championship, 21 points off leaders Cardiff City

In other management news, Nottingham Forest have appointed former Birmingham City and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish as their new manager. McLeish has replaced Sean O’Driscoll who had only been in charge for five months before getting sacked after his side won 4-2 at Leeds, which saw the club sit in 7th place in the Championship

Robert Lewandowski is set to move to Manchester United in the summer from Borrusia Dortmund, after both clubs had agreed a fee which is believed to be within the region of £18 million. Lewandowski helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga in 2010-11 and 2011-12 scoring 40 goals in both seasons combined

Barcelona striker David Villa is attracting a lot of interest from Premier League teams including both Arsenal and Chelsea. It is believed that they will have to pay around £15 million to acquire the services of the Spain international

Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign on loan Southend United winger Ryan Hall permanently once the transfer window opens on Tuesday. Hall had been with League Two club Southend since 2010, scoring 19 goals in 84 appearances

Colchester have agreed to sign Portsmouth pair Jack Compton and Josh Thompson in January, both on free transfers. Thompson has already been with Colchester since November on loan from Portsmouth after he was told that he was no longer part of Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham’s plans. Compton has also recently been told the same, and that he was free to leave the club in January

And finally,

An unnamed Russian club have  tried to tempt Barcelona to sell Argentinian ace Lionel Messi by meeting his buyout clause of £250 million, and the Russian side had also reportedly offered Messi £25 million a year in wages, that equates to £480,000 a week!

 

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