David Moyes set to scupper Liverpool’s move for £12m Spanish star

first_img Asier Illarramendi 1 Asier Illarramendi is set to return to Real Sociedad from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Madrid first-team since moving to the club in 2013 and has been expected to move on this summer.He was linked with Liverpool earlier this month but Sociedad have stolen a march on the pack as they look to bring back their former youth-team product for a fee of around £12m.AS claim the transfer is close to completion, and although there is still time for a foreign club to offer a higher bid, that is not expected to happen and Illarramendi will return to Sociedad, who are now managed by David Moyes.last_img

Exclusive – John Stones transfer request was inevitable, claims Charlie Adam

first_imgStoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes it was only a matter of time before John Stones handed in a transfer request at Everton.The England defender asked to leave Goodison Park on Tuesday as he tries to force a move through to Premier League champions Chelsea. Stones has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer and Everton have reportedly rejected three bids for the 21-year-old.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam sympathised with the situation Stones finds himself in.“It was inevitable, if he wants it to happen, it’s the next stage,” said Adam.“He’s played 50 games for Everton but you don’t get Chelsea coming to your door very often. He wants to play at the top level and in the Champions League.“Everton’s a good club, with great fans and Bill [Kenwright] has done a great job, but it’s an impossible job not to turn Chelsea down.“When Chelsea come for him again, it’ll probably happen within the next week.”last_img read more

Video: He’s back! West Ham striker shows he’s nearing return with impressive training finishes

first_imgAndy Carroll is nearing a West Ham return, and this evidence suggests he’s in fine fickle.The big striker hasn’t featured for the Hammers since a medial knee ligament injury in February – the latest in a long line of problems that have hampered his progress in recent years.On his day though, he’s a real handful and effectively acts as a new signing for Slaven Bilic and his new-look West Ham side.Can he recover his midas touch?Here is the video of some of Carroll’s training goals: 1 Andy Carroll center_img One man is gutted to see me back!! @AdriSanMiguel how’s your back after picking all them out the back of the net!! 👍 pic.twitter.com/B41LHzjFBf— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) September 1, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img

‘We are planning for the future’ – Klopp admits Liverpool set for summer rebuild

first_img1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is already making plans for next season.The Reds, beaten League Cup finalists on Sunday, have endured a disappointing Premier League campaign.Klopp has already signed Schalke defender Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade playmaker Marko Grujic for next term, and more signings look set to follow in the summer.“We will plan for next season, that is clear,” said the German. “We have to wait for the right moment and we have to think about a lot of things.“I cannot say we are close to this decision or that decision but we work the whole day and it is not only preparing for games.“We have to plan the future and that is what we are doing.”With Klopp plotting a summer splurge at Anfield, a host of players are being linked with the exit.Simon Mignolet – at fault for Fernandinho’s goal during Sunday’s League Cup final defeat – is one of those whose future appears far from certain.But the Belgian has the backing of his boss, who said: “I didn’t read the newspapers but everyone told me there is a little bit of rumour about (him).“I would lie if I said the goal we got (conceded) in the final was ‘unholdable’ but Simon knows it too.“I am not sure it is a mistake but it was not perfect. That is football players’ lives, especially goalkeepers’ lives. But on the other hand I cannot say absolutely anything negative about Simon.“Since I’ve been here he has had to handle a lot of pressure and I think there was any day when someone outside Melwood has been 100 percent satisfied with what he did but he has had a lot of good games for us.“He is old enough and experienced enough and together we have to handle this situation and together we have to go through.“Even when it is a final I cannot make final judgements and say ‘So now I see I can trust him, and him I can trust always’ – that is not how life and football is.“At the end when we have to make decisions there is a lot of information and maybe it is 500, 600, things to think about and then only one of them is how we played in the final.“I always learn about my players but not only in finals.”Klopp’s immediate plans involve selecting a team for the visit of City having sustained more injuries at Wembley.Midfielder Lucas Leiva, who played in central defence in the final, has been ruled out with a muscle injury sustained in actually taking his saved spot-kick.Centre-back Mamadou Sakho will continue to be assessed after he was forced off in the first half with a head injury, while Klopp will be cautious with injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge after he struggled with cramp having played 120 minutes.“It doesn’t look too good with Lucas. He had problems with the muscle when he shot the penalty and he has got some more problems so I think he is not available,” said Klopp.“With Mama I don’t know exactly; we had to make a decision in the moment at the sideline and I think it was the right decision.“I’ve not heard anything until now about any real issue but I have to wait for the final judgement of the doctor.“We don’t want to go risking (anything) tomorrow.”Liverpool comfortably beat City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium back in November and, although a win against them at Anfield would have a significant bearing on the title race, Klopp is not interested in the wider issues.“If someone wants to be champion they should be champion without our help, our points,” he added.“I don’t think about who can win the league in this moment – my only thought is how we can win tomorrow.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Home sales in Valley drop 55.5%

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The impact of the credit crunch spread throughout all tiers of the market in September,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. In the San Fernando Valley market, from Toluca Lake to Calabasas, 362 previously-owned single-family houses changed owners, 452 fewer than in September a year ago, said the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s the fewest monthly sales in the association’s database, which dates back to April 1984. “There are plenty of sellers out there who understand the market, have already listed their house at a highly competitive price and are prepared to do whatever it takes to complete a sale,” said Jim Link, the executive vice president with the association. “But sellers need offers to make it happen.” San Fernando Valley home sales plunged an annual 55.5 percent in September – a record low – as the market slide accelerated across the region, state and nation, reports released Wednesday showed. The September swoon at all levels is being blamed on the credit crisis that erupted with surprising swiftness in mid-August and paralyzed residential real estate markets. “It’s pretty dismal, isn’t it,” said Nima Nattagh, a principal at market tracker Geostat Advisory. “And it’s not going to get any better anytime soon.” Nattagh said that problems in the mortgage sector still have to be resolved and the market should brace for a wave of foreclosures and homeowners falling behind in their mortgages. Still, the median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, increased an annual 4.8 percent to $623,700. Prices continue to rise because the credit crunch has basically shut down activity at the lower-priced end of the market. The condominium sector showed the same trend. Last month condo sales plunged 48.2 percent with 155 transactions. That’s the fewest sales since 155 condos sold in May of 1995. The condominium median price increased 2.6 percent to $390,000. The association speculates that many prospective buyers are waiting for more foreclosures to come on the market and push down prices. Others are likely locked out of the market for now because lenders have tightened credit standards. Slower sales pushed the inventory to 7,772 properties at the end of September, up an annual 13.6 percent. But new listings fell 17.9 percent. That number of properties equals a 14.4-month supply, the highest level since March 1993. The record is a 23-month supply in February, 1993. In the Santa Clarita Valley home sales fell an annual 51.8 percent to 105 transactions and the median price fell 4.3 percent to $560,000. Condo sales fell 52.3 percent to 52 transactions and the median price fell 3.9 percent to $370,000. Meanwhile, the state association reported that home sales plunged 38.9 percent across the state and the median price fell 4.7 percent from a year ago to $530,830. It’s the first annual decline in more than 10 years. Prices typically fall from August to September but the monthly decline of 9.9 percent is a record, the association said. “I think over the next month or so we will see more of the same thing,” Appleton-Young said. “There is no urgency in the housing market now for buyers.” If the market matches September’s pace all year there will be 271,590 sales, the association said. “California’s sales fell more steeply than those of the U.S. as a whole because of its heavy reliance on jumbo loans – those above the conforming loan limit of $417,000,” said association President Colleen Badagliacco. She said that this speaks to the need to raise the conforming loan limit in higher-cost states like California to more accurately reflect the cost of housing. Appleton-Young noted that while the entry-level portion of the market has been adversely affected by the subprime situation and tighter underwriting standards for much of this year, the high end of the market also saw a decline in sales. In Los Angeles County sales fell an annual 38.4 percent and the median price declined 2.8 percent to $569,390. In Ventura County sales fell an annual 47.3 percent the the median price slipped 0.7 percent to $681,820. In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, sales plunged 62.7 percent and the median price jumped an annual 17.4 percent to $271,940. During September, 30-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 6.38 percent compared with 6.40 percent in September 2006, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 5.66 percent in September 2007 compared with 5.56 percent in September 2006. [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgToday is D-day for the two applicants competing for the radio license for the North Donegal franchise area.Highland and DLFM go head-to-head today.Both sides, Highland Radio and the new applicant DLFM, will make their pitches to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel at 10.30am.The presentations are completely open to any members of the public who wish to attend. The showdown will see former Highland Radio boss Charlie Collins, now part of the DLFM consortium, come face-to-face with his former employers.The oral presentation will be conducted by the Contract Awards Committee, a statutory committee of the BAI which has responsibility for the assessment of any applications received in a licensing process.The purpose of the oral presentations is to provide each applicant with the opportunity to make a presentation to the Contract Awards Committee.The presentations, which will both last fifteen minutes, will be based on the application already submitted by both Highland and DLFM. After their presentations, both sides will have to answer any questions or clarify any matters if asked by the Contracts Awards Committee.Following completion of the oral presentation process, the Contract Awards Committee will then assess and score both applications received.Once assessment and scoring is completed, a recommendation will be made for the award of the license to the Authority of the BAI.It is expected that an announcement will be made on the awarding of the license in the coming weeks. HIGHLAND RADIO AND DLFM BATTLE IT OUT FOR RADIO LICENSE TODAY was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BAICharlie CollinsDLFMdonegalHighland Radioradio licenseShaun Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgT-SHIRT XPRESS has everything you’d possibly need to host the best party this Christmas.The store which is located at the Riverside Retail Park has a sensational range of items o offer for customers to choose from. With Christmas just around the corner, T-SHIRT XPRESS can also help you find the perfect gift for a loved one this festive season.The store can make that gift EXTRA special by offering a service which personalises the items you purchase.The service allows you to personalise a mug, hoodie, or t-shirt you for a loved one this Christmas.You can be creative and have fun with the items available. One of the most popular items on sale are the wall mounts and easel stands for that special picture which would make an ideal gift this Christmas.Got a Hen or a Stag party coming up, why not get your t-shirts personalised for the fun weekend away?!Other items on offer are iPhone covers, fridge magnets, ipad covers, teddy bears, key-rings, jigsaws and much more.They also now have a party and balloon shop with a wide range of balloons that can cater from a child’s birthday party to a wedding and corporate event.Make sure and visit the store before Christmas and check out their range of stunning offers on a whole series of different products.For more info visit their website at www.tshirtexpressprint.com or call them on 0863433504. T-SHIRT EXPRESS HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS FESTIVE SEASON was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsT-SHIRT EXPRESSlast_img read more

‘You’ll never get a better club than this’, Allardyce warns Sunderland players

first_img1 Sam Allardyce has never been relegated in his managerial career Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they are unlikely to get a better club if their stay on Wearside ends in relegation.The Black Cats travel to Norwich on Saturday knowing defeat would leave their Barclays Premier League status hanging by a thread, and the cull that would follow would be painful, just as it was the last time they slipped out of the top flight in 2003.But while some players would inevitably leave the Stadium of Light should the worst happen, Allardyce had told them the grass will not necessarily be greener and urged them to make sure their future remains in the north-east and the Premier League.He said: “It would hurt immensely if the club got relegated, for the club’s sake first, not mine. I’ve had a fantastic career.“I would be disappointed if I had that one relegation against my managerial career from the Premier League. It would hurt, yes, but it’s more important for the club than it is for me. As a football club, it’s more important for the players than it is for me in terms of my career.“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realise that.“I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.”last_img read more

‘He’s already trying to jump ship!’ Reaction to Spurs manager’s comments

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he would one day like to return to Paris Saint-Germain as manager. Tottenham’s Argentinian boss, 44, made over 500 career appearances as a centre-back, with over 90 of those coming in a two-year spell in the French capital. Pochettino impressed in his first job in England with Southampton, turning them into an exciting, established Premier League side in 18 months at St Mary’s. He then left for north London, overseeing a surprise title race in just his second season, where Spurs look set to miss out with Leicester closing in on the trophy. French champions PSG could be looking for a new manager in the summer, after exiting the Champions League following a quarter-final defeat to Manchester City under Laurent Blanc. Whilst he did not say he wants to go this summer, Pochettino says he still looks out for the club’s results and managing them is ‘part of my dreams’. He told RMC: “I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure to manage a big club like Paris.“I try to watch all of their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I speak with [PSG assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset. Return to Paris one day, why not?”Just days after Spurs suffered in a setback in their title hopes, their manager’s comments are interesting and, as always, football fans had something to say on Twitter.See some of the best Tweets, below: Mauricio Pochettino (centre) in his Paris Saint-Germain playing days center_img READ MORE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it would be a ‘dream’ to manage Paris Saint-Germain ‘one day’last_img read more

Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey: Dominant La Roja ease to Round of 16

first_img Nolito is congratulated by his teammates following a wonderful solo performance A dominating performance by Spain saw them run out 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Turkey side in Nice.The victors became the first side to score more than two goals in the tournament, and in doing so, secured their qualification to the Round of 16.Despite the first goal not coming until 34 minutes into the game, it was clear from the opening stages that Vicente del Bosque’s men were in complete control of proceedings.Andres Iniesta once again dictated proceedings, leading to chances for Nolito and Alvaro Morata – both which missed the target.However, Turkey couldn’t hold out for long, and it was Juventus forward Morata who grabbed the opener with a perfectly weighted header from Nolito’s inswinging cross.It was no more than La Roja deserved, and the lead was doubled just three minutes later, with provider turning goalscorer.Cesc Fabregas had possession just outside the area, and he sent a lovely ball dipping into the area. Mehmet Topal was there to clear from danger, but he misjudged his header, and saw it bounce backwards off his head to land perfectly for Nolito to finish past Volkan Babacan in the Turkish goal.The Spaniards were toying with their opponents, Nolito and Iniesta at the heart of some great attack play, and Hakan Balta prevented Gerard Pique adding a third from Morata’s cross – with the Barcelona centre-back deciding to play in attack for a time.Turkey must have been grateful when the half-time whistle was blown, as they could recuperate in the break, but they came out and were back under pressure almost immediately.Just three minutes into the second period, Iniesta sent a perfect pass into the path of full-back Jordi Alba, who cut the ball across the face of goal for Morata to tap home.It was Spain’s third goal, and his second, and the 23-year-old was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick less than a minute later – but he failed to direct Iniesta’s lofted ball towards goal.Burak Yilmaz registered a rare chance for Turkey, turning Pique well before firing high and wide when it looked easier to hit the target. It just about summed up the performance put in by Fatih Terim’s men.Spain had no need to play with any intensity, and so were content passing the ball around in a methodic rhythm; the game came to replicate a training match.As a result, Turkey never had the ball so could never launch any of their own attacks, their motivation fading with every completed Spanish pass.The game drew to a close with nothing of note happening in the dying stages, with a place in the last 16 booked for an emphatic Spain team. 1last_img read more