Draxler latest – Juventus up offer to £21m to land long-term Arsenal target

first_img1 Julian Draxler Juventus have made an offer of £21m for Arsenal target Julian Draxler.The Schalke man is high on the Italian champions’ list of transfer targets this summer as they look to strengthen their squad.Arsenal are also long-term admirers of the Germany international and have been monitoring his situation over the past 18 months.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have now stepped up their pursuit and submitted a £21m bid.The deal is reportedly structured so that Schalke will receive £14m upfront with the remaining £7m paid out via a series of bonuses.last_img read more

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits England star is short of confidence

first_img Harry Kane 1 Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane is short of confidence and believes playing for England under-21s contributed to the striker’s loss of form.Kane has scored only twice in the 16 Spurs appearances since his memorable England debut in March and the forward is yet to get off the mark for his club this season.Spurs have been eager to protect Kane and expressed reservations about his involvement in the under-21 European Championships last summer – a tournament that involved three matches across 10 days in the Czech Republic and meant their star player arrived late for pre-season.Kane has not looked tired, and has played well for Spurs in his overall game, but Pochettino believes his talisman is lacking the confidence he enjoyed a few months ago.“The striker sometimes needs confidence and trust and maybe he has lost his confidence a little bit,” Pochettino said.“It’s our job to give back his confidence so he can start to score. I think he is the same person and he has the same mentality as last season.“But maybe at the end of the season he rested, went to the Euros, didn’t score at the Euros after three games, he came back late for pre-season and you need time to recover.“Sometimes you are not in the best scoring condition when you start to play and your confidence goes down.“This is probably what has happened. But this is a good experience for the future, to manage a young player like he is.”Hype surrounding Kane’s rise to prominence reached its peak after he notched within 79 seconds of his England debut while Tottenham fans revelled in the success of their home-grown hero.“This is why last season towards to the end we tried to explain that last season for Harry Kane was very, very hard,” Pochettino said.“Not only on the pitch, but off the pitch with the pressure – he is a hero for Tottenham and England – it was unbelievable how people see him.“It’s not easy to recover because it’s not only physical, also mental. It’s true that maybe the summer did not help.”Kane is not the only high-profile striker struggling to find his stride, with last season’s other three top scorers – Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa – mustering only two league goals between them so far.“You can improve a lot in the bad moments,” Pochettino said.“For Harry it’s a very tough moment. He is still young. You can improve and realise who are your people and the people who can help you.“When you are on the crest of a wave, there are a lot of people around you.“It was easy when he scored to talk about him but now maybe the confidence he needs…but this is football.“The club have very good people, me and my staff at the club. We are all behind him to help him.”last_img read more

Shock report! Arsenal target £22m January swoop for Ligue 1 hitman

first_img1 Arsenal are lining up a bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, claim reports in France.Arsene Wenger opted against buying a forward in the summer transfer market but is said to be plotting a swoop for the Belgian, who has scored six goals in nine league appearances for the French club this season.According to Mercato 365, the Gunners are prepared to shell out around £22m for the 22-year-old in January and the club’s hierarchy are expected to make contact with Marseille over the next few weeks.Batshuayi has a contract until 2019 with the Ligue 1 club but the lure of Arsenal may prove too tempting for him to turn down.Marseille are expected to play hard ball with the Gunners after only signing Batshuayi from Standard Liege last year, and may delay any possible deal until the summer. Michy Batshuayi last_img read more

Liverpool fans discuss Joe Allen after impressive goalscoring cameo

first_img ‘The transfer committee should give him a 20-year contract extension!’ Fans react as Joe Allen scores late on for Liverpool 1 Liverpool looked to be heading for defeat at home to Arsenal before Joe Allen scored a stunning equaliser in added time. The former Swansea midfielder, well known on the internet as the ‘Welsh Xavi’, scored an injury-time volley to make the score 3-3 in the Premier League clash at Anfield. He has not quite lived up to expectations since moving to Merseyside and that strike will live long in the 25-year-old’s memory. Midfielder Allen came on as a second-half substitute and what an impact he had, see some of the best reaction below:last_img read more

Newcastle struggling to offload Emmanuel Riviere as deal collapses

first_img1 Emmanuel Riviere Lille have pulled out of a deal to sign Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere.The Frenchman has struggled for action at St. James’ Park this season, with injuries preventing him from establishing himself in the first team.Newcastle are willing to let the 25-year-old leave and Lille had offered to take him on loan.But, according to La Provence, the deal has now broken down and Riviere will be staying put.The transfer reportedly collapsed as Newcastle wanted to sell the player outright – while Lille only wanted a loan move.German side Frankfurt are also monitoring Riviere, but like Lille they would prefer a loan deal.last_img read more

Chelsea fans happy despite Champions League defeat – reaction

first_img ‘Priceless away goal!’ – Chelsea fans happy despite Champions League defeat at PSG 1 Chelsea fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight with Tuesday’s Champions League result – a 2-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain. Edinson Cavani scored 12 minutes from time to give the Ligue 1 side the advantage heading to Stamford Bridge next month.      Guus Hiddink’s men managed to grab a vital away goal when John Obi Mikel put them level before half-time – and that may prove to be key in sending them to the quarter final. With the second leg three weeks away, Chelsea fans are confident of making the last eight as a 1-0 win will be enough at Stamford Bridge. See below!last_img read more

Striking Waste Management workers accept trash pact

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. has reached a deal with the union representing its 470 drivers, the company announced Wednesday. The five-year contract has been ratified by the workers, said Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management. It’s the same deal the workers rejected before going on strike Oct. 19, she said. “I think from the outset we felt that this was a very, very strong offer, and that it was so strong we were willing to stand by it despite the strike,” Cole said. There was a risk that the company could have withdrawn its last offer and expected the workers to settle for something less, said Jay Phillips, president of the local. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa persuaded the company to keep the offer on the table, Phillips said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Meanwhile, the company has hired 40 permanent workers, and it plans to keep those workers, which would leave 40 strikers without jobs. The union plans to fight that move, Phillips said. During the strike, workers picketed at company facilities in Sun Valley, Compton and Long Beach. The company brought in its own temporary drivers from other parts of the country. The new contract covers drivers, mechanics and the workers who repair metal trash bins. The new deal gives workers a 22.5 percent wage increase over five years, according to the company. The union reported that under the old contract, its workers made up to $17.80 an hour. [email protected], 818-546-3304last_img read more

Hodgson responds when asked whether Rashford will be part of final England squad

first_imgRoy Hodgson remained coy when asked whether Marcus Rashford will be part of England’s final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, although the manager did admit being impressed by the youngster’s debut.The 18-year-old started England’s clash against Australia in the place of Daniel Sturridge, who missed out through injury.Although he understandably appeared nervous before kick-off, Rashford dispelled any doubts he was ready for top level football by hitting the back of the net with a composed volley inside three minutes.It was the perfect way for the youngster to introduce himself on the international stage, and although his performance was not faultless – his poor touch let him down numerous times as the game wore on – he gave his chances of heading to the Euros a great boost.The majority of fans clearly want Rashford to head to France this summer, although Hodgson refused to be drawn on whether the youngster will make his final 23-man selection.When asked whether the Manchester United striker had booked his place in France, Hodgson added: “Let’s wait and see. I’ve got until Tuesday [to confirm the squad].“He certainly wouldn’t be out of place in anyone’s 23. I’ve got some difficult decisions to make.“I’ll have two or three more sleepless nights turning everything over in my head before I have to submit my list.”Despite his refusal to confirm Rashford’s place at the Euros, the Three Lions boss hid no desire to praise the youngster for his performance, especially after showing his adaptability to play on the wing following the second half change from a diamond midfield to a 4-3-3.The 68-year-old continued: “I’m delighted for him and it’s fantastic that he’s received such praise. I’m pleased that my decision to thrust him in at this early stage of his career was not proven to be a ridiculous one.“We thought he could probably handle this situation, and he showed that after only a few seconds of the game.“I thought he did very well. Obviously he tired in the second half, but there was a further bonus in that we changed our system in the second half – we didn’t think the diamond system was working as well as we wanted it to. Quite often it’s been the other way round; we’ve switched from a 4-3-3 to a diamond, but this time we did it the other way round.“It was good that we got to see Marcus Rashford playing for 15 minutes or so playing in one of those wider positions, and to get to know that if we needed him there we could use him there if he eventually gets selected in the 23.”SEE ALSO: Watch all the goals from England’s 2-1 win over Australia! Including Rashford’s debut striker and Eric Dier’s calamitous own goallast_img read more

Waystation copes; problems persist

first_imgSYLMAR – Four months after its operators pleaded for money to help it stay afloat, the Wildlife Waystation has gotten enough donations to keep running but still faces financial challenges, officials said Wednesday. In August, the nonprofit sanctuary had threatened to leave its 400 lions, tigers and other animals to the care of state and county animal regulators if funds weren’t forthcoming. The public responded with enough donations to help pay for the thousands of dollars in monthly operating expenses, Waystation founder and director Martine Colette said. But the operation also needed to lay off workers to help balance the bottom line and still has a $1 million debt incurred over the past year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd now, a pending decision by Chief Administrative Law Judge Marc R. Hillson on whether to withdraw an exhibition permit in Collette’s name could deal a major blow. Without a permit, the Waystation would be barred from exhibiting tigers and animals at off-site fundraisers and other events. “The issue right now is, we have a complaint against her in court and that issue is still pending,” said Jessica Milteer, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. “If Martine Colette’s license is revoked, she wouldn’t be allowed to exhibit animals in public or on television.” The 160-acre exotic-wildlife sanctuary in Little Tujunga Canyon has cared for abandoned, abused and injured wildlife for 31 years with the help of volunteers. But over the summer, five of its eight board members quit – apparently fed up with the problems there – and a $100,000-a-year manager was let go. Half of the sanctuary’s 48 paid staff was laid off. In September, a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrative law judge fined the Waystation $25,000 for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failing to hire a full-time attending veterinarian, substandard vet care in dealing with animal diseases and injuries, and improper exhibiting of exotic animals to ensure public safety. Waystation officials say fundraising slowed in 2001 after it was closed to visitors by the county and ordered to upgrade its sewage system, widen roads and install a water tank for fighting fires. Tax records show that the Waystation had operated in the black through 2006. Then the agency took a financial plunge this year, something Colette attributes to an incomplete environmental study required by the county to renew a conditional-use permit. “We’ve started it, but we can’t finish it,” she said of the report, adding that she doesn’t have the money to pay for the study. “That’s part of why we are $1 million in debt.” She said she really doesn’t know what happened to the Waystation’s finances after former board Chairman Robert Lorsch assumed operational control in 2002, adding that she hopes to perform a forensic audit. Colette said she will speak with Palm Springs officials about plans – funds permitting – to move part of the sanctuary to a 50-acre site along Highway 111. Despite the financial shortfall, she insisted that the animals are in tip-top condition. On Wednesday, they were given Christmas goodies to munch on as part of a publicity event. “The animals are fabulous. They are cared for,” she said. “The volunteers have stepped up as best they can. The staff deserves a medal.” But critics said it’s time for the 31-year-old Waystation to close. “The general problem of the Waystation is that they’ve taken millions of dollars in donations but have made no improvements in obtaining their county operating permit,” said Victoria VanCamp, a former Waystation volunteer. “They have no sewage system. They have no potable water. No legal electrical system. Their hospital has been red-tagged by the county Fire Department. “The Waystation should be closed,” she said. “The animals should be transferred to other facilities.” [email protected] 818-713-3730160Want 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

Satellite radio goes handheld

first_imgLAS VEGAS – While video, especially the portable variety, is making the bigger splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, much is also happening with devices that meld satellite radio and portable music players. Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics introduced MP3 players that also include service from XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix XM2go are about the size of a deck of cards and can store a listener’s own music collection ripped from CDs as well as XM programming. Both devices save music in the popular MP3 and WMA formats. Listeners can also bookmark songs heard on XM, then later purchase downloads of the songs for 99 cents from the Napster music download and subscription service. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Inno and Helix XM2go will both retail for about $399 and will be available by March. Samsung is also offering an even smaller music player called the Nexus. The two units will not have built-in XM tuners, like the Helix. Instead, they’ll receive XM signals when placed in a docking station along with the XM Passport, a small 1.3-inch by 1.65-inch cartridge that serves as a portable satellite radio tuner. When taken out of the docking stations, the $200 Nexus 25 will play up to 25 hours of recorded XM radio content or songs, while the $250 Nexus 50 will hold 50 hours. Top competitor Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. isn’t sitting idle, either. On Wednesday, Thomson Multimedia said it was partnering with RCA and GE to roll out several new Sirius-enabled audio systems this summer, priced between $119 and $299. The $299 bookshelf audio system has a five-CD changer, and can rip CDs directly onto an MP3 player via a USB port. Listeners can also record Sirius and FM radio broadcasts on the system’s MP3 player. Thomson’s $299 home theater system has a five-DVD or CD changer, and the $119 under-cabinet kitchen audio system has a CD player. The new products require a small Sirius receiver and antenna kit known as SiriusConnect ($50) that was unveiled Thursday. Separately, auto supplier Delphi Corp. plans to supply XM radio receivers for three Hyundai models to Hyundai Motor America, a unit of Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co. Hyundai is the first auto maker to add satellite radio as a standard feature to all its vehicles, said Delphi. Troy, Mich.-based Delphi will provide the receivers for Hyundai’s Santa Fe, Azera and Elantra models. Delphi didn’t disclose terms of the Hyundai deal. Delphi also announced it had made a “significant” investment in Spanish startup Ondas Media, which hopes to launch Europe’s first satellite radio network by 2009. Ondas estimates the European market could represent more than $1 billion in subscriber revenue early next decade. 160Want 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