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Tottenham are hot on the heels of Corinthians teenage wonder-kid Lulinha. The attacking midfielder, who can apparently also play wide left, captained Brazil in the recent Under 17 World Cup in South Korea.
Lulinha’s agent Wagner Ribeiro took Kaka to AC Milan and Robinho to Real Madrid and has already reportedly fielded calls from Spurs, who have already failed with a recent Â£10m bid for the 17-year old (Globoesporte). Martin Jol needs some midfield creativity and of course a fix for the long-term left-side problems. Is this kid the answer? You tell me, and it is a big risk to take even with the credentials of his agent, which of course bear no relation to this youngster.
Seemingly a never ending area of newspaper debate, the Spurs manager’s job is open to all and sundry, with one small problem – someone already inhabits that role. But for how much longer? World Cup winner Marcello Lippi has joined the list of candidates to replace the under-fire Duchman (News of the World).
Well, they do not get much better than Mr. Lippi; his managerial record is pretty much second to none. Having won just about everything on offer whilst in situ at Juventus, he then won the World Cup last summer with the Italian national team. Currently unemployed, Lippi has been linked with a host of positions, from a return to Juve to the national post of Mexico. I would put him in the bracket of managers Tottenham fans would be happy to see should Daniel Levy do the unthinkable and sack the club’s most successful coach in 20-odd years.
Liverpool are planning to swoop for Cagliari playmaker Pasquale Foggia in January. (News of the World) Although only 24, Foggia is already something of a journeyman footballer in Serie A, having represented seven clubs in Italian football. The attacking midfielder had an impressive stint at Reggina, whom he joined in January from Lazio. He aided the Calabrian side to safety and nowÂ finds himself on yet another loan stint on the Island of Sardinia with Cagliari, where he has already made a mark with three goals in the first two games of the season – albeit all penalties.
Does Rafa Benitez need another midfielder in his squad, which already appears to have a great many talented players in these roles? And surely Pasquale could not offer anything better than what has already been assembled.
Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has rejected suggestions that he has agreed a deal to join Real Madrid next season (Skysports). Cesc has tried to clarify the situation after rumours were going around that the midfield genius was lining up a move to the Bernabeu next summer.
Fabregas revealed: “The president, Ramon Calderon, and sport director Predrag Mijatovic have spoken to me, but finally I decided to follow on with my commitment to Arsenal. It is not true that I have given them my word [to join] for next season. The meeting was pleasant and I believe that they are good and very sincere people. I am very happy at Arsenal and I go 100 per cent with the decision I took, although I praise the interest of Real in me” (Radio Marca). I am sure that Cesc is going nowhere, but just how comfortable do Gunners fans feel about this situation?
Sir Alex’s lack of a striker or two is blindingly obvious to anyone and now it seems that Ferguson is about to do something about it. However, it appears his latest favourite is also being tracked by Sven. Manchester City and Manchester United are both competing to sign Ajax’s Â£18m-rated striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the January transfer window (News of the World).
Huntelaar is a quality player and one who has probably done all he can within the confines of an average Dutch league, where he amassed an amazing 102 goals in 142 appearances, including five in the first three games of this term. His record is similar to the last Dutch ace seen patrolling the six-yard area at Old Trafford, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Comparisons will be made, even though they are two totally different types of striker.
I can see Klaas being a big hit in the Premier League, although he does have a tendency to fall over at the merest hint of a touch from a defender. Again let’s not make comparisons with Ruud. It’s time for the Ajax man to take a step up, but would he pick City or United? What do the fans think?
Aston Villa‘s former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood is apparently surprised at recent reports claiming that he was a disruptive influence when he was at Upton Park – and is quick to tell his side of the story. “I’m quite shocked, really, at where that has come from and I don’t think I was one of those people. I wasn’t a dressing-room bully or one of those people that do things to try and upset the fans or the dressing room – that is totally not me. I’m not really going to take notice of the comments.” (The Voice)
What do West Ham fans think of this one? Is there really no smoke without fire or have the media and certain sections of fans got the wrong end of the stick?
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